We have a rich collection of documentaries and feature films to support your course plan. You may want to show full-length videos and clips during a class meeting, or through your Canvas course.
offers tips on how to find and access video in a variety of formats within our library collection. Our guide to streaming video resources
has more information about services and databases, including a list of licensed films.
We also coordinate with the Language Resource Center
, which provides additional film materials and space to support faculty, staff, and students who study languages, literatures, and cultures.
We provide streaming film for instruction, research, and personal interest. There are several options for making full-length videos and clips available on your Canvas course site or through our website.
Top sources for films
We license films from Swank Digital Campus
— predominantly a source for features — as requested individually by instructors. Licenses are for one year. See what films are licensed and the expiration dates by visiting Swank
and creating a personal account.
Other major streaming databases with films readily available for use include:
Commercial streaming sources such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu do not
license their content for academic use. Netflix has made a selection of documentary features and series openly available on the Netflix U.S. YouTube channel
Most of the streaming video databases allow you to create clips. You usually need to create an account with the respective database, and follow their instructions for creating clips.
Contact Jeffrey Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org
for assistance creating clips and adding streaming video on your Canvas course site.
Show a film in class
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