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Streaming Video

Streaming Video Databases

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You can choose from over 26,000 films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, The Media Education Foundation, and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers - on every topic imaginable. The complete Kanopy streaming catalog is available to search through the library's catalog.

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Swank is a service that provides streaming access to feature films for use by faculty in their courses. Almost all major studios are covered in Swank. Films available through Swank must be requested by faculty via our request form. Faculty should only request titles they are requiring all students in their course view outside of class time.

The library is licensing films for streaming on a title-by-title basis. If there is a film you would like to use in class, use the form below or contact your subject liaison and and we'll look into getting streaming access. The library prioritizes streaming video requests that are required viewing for distance/online classes or are required viewing outside of class. If you are offering a list of possible films for your students to view please ask your subject liaison to purchase DVDs of those titles. If you have any questions about this service please contact your subject liaison.


Use this form to request streaming access for your class. If you have questions please contact your subject liaison.

Logo - Kanopy

You can choose from over 26,000 films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, The Media Education Foundation, and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers - on every topic imaginable. The complete Kanopy streaming catalog is available to search through the library's catalog.

Logo - Swank

Swank is a service that provides streaming access to feature films for use by faculty in their courses. Almost all major studios are covered in Swank. Films available through Swank must be requested by faculty via our request form. Faculty should only request titles they are requiring all students in their course view outside of class time.

Other Streaming Media Collections

Films on Demand
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Films on Demand Films on Demand Master Academic Collection contains more than 10,000 high-quality educational streaming videos covering Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science, and Health. Follow these instructions, Adding Links to Videos from Films on Demand in Blackboard.

Medcom Video Training Programs Collection

This Nursing Video Training Series is a searchable collection of short streaming videos covering topics such as health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs and more. You can download videos or link to them directly. If using in Blackboard, add links to Blackboard in Web links.

Teaching Books

Features original streaming children’s and young adult author videos and audiobook excerpts, and guides to thousands of titles. Browse by grade level, subject, or genre. Additional content includes booklists, Common Core literacy connections, award lists, curricular applications, and more. After selecting a video, click on Share to access the direct link or to embed the content. If using in Blackboard use the direct links by adding them to Blackboard in Web links.

You've found the film you need in the library catalog or you've received a confirmation email that the title you requested is available. How do you link your students directly to the film? What if you want students to stream directly from Blackboard?

This section of the guide walks you through where to get links and embed scripts so you can share our streaming video with your students. There are tabs for our two main streaming video vendors: Kanopy and Swank. Each vendor has a different interface so there are screenshots to show you where to find the links you need for each.

If you need help using the links and embed scripts in Blackboard you should contact WCU IT Help Desk or the Coulter Faculty Commons for assistance.

You've found the film you need in the library catalog or you've received a confirmation email that the title you requested is available. How do you link your students directly to the film? What if you want students to stream directly from Blackboard?

This section of the guide walks you through where to get links and embed scripts so you can share our streaming video with your students. There are tabs for our two main streaming video vendors: Kanopy and Swank. Each vendor has a different interface so there are screenshots to show you where to find the links you need for each.

If you need help using the links and embed scripts in Blackboard you should contact WCU IT Help Desk or the Coulter Faculty Commons for assistance.

When you click on the link in the library catalog record to connect to the film...

Catalog WCU only button highlighted

...you will see the film as hosted on the Kanopy site and you will see the option to "share" the film directly under the title.

Film Title image screen capture

The first is a direct link you can copy and paste wherever you need to share access with your students.

Share button highlighted

The second is the embed codes for you to embed a copy of the film directly in your Bb page.

Embed buttion highlighted

Note: There is also an option (just below the embed script box) to change the size of the frame for the embed script. The default is large (640x390) and you can click on 'options' and use the drop down to change the size before you copy the embed script.

When you click on the link in the library catalog record to connect to the film...

Catalog WCU only button highlighted

...you will see the film as hosted on the Kanopy site and you will see the option to "share" the film directly under the title.

Screen capture with title

The first is a direct link you can copy and paste wherever you need to share access with your students.

Copy direct link button highlighted

The second is the embed codes for you to embed a copy of the film directly in your Bb page.

Copy LMS button highlighted

For both options you just need to click on the button and it will copy the link or embed script to your computer's clipboard. You will see a note in the top right corner when the copying is successful.

Successful link copy box

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