Media Services Introduces Teaching with Online Streaming Films


Perfect for film assignments, streaming allows faculty and instructors to regain class time for in-depth discussions, as well as allow students to prepare in advance for class lectures, and review content for course exams.  Students can skip the inconvenience of checked out films, late returns, and limited copies on the shelf.  Users can access and watch films whenever they like, wherever they are, and whatever device they prefer.  Features include clips and playlist creation, embed tools, watch lists, and more.  Online streaming is an ideal place to engage with faculty, students, and filmmakers to discuss films!

The Libraries provides access to over 35 multi-disciplinary, online streaming databases with nearly 155,000 film titles.  These films are selected to meet the diverse needs of its teaching, research, and learning community. Students can watch copyright compliant full-length feature, documentary, and archival footage films anytime at home or on campus.                                   

A LibGuide to Online Streaming Videos provides a comprehensive list of online streaming film resources, and related research documents. In addition to numerous area studies databases, faculty, students, and researchers can access NBC Television’s Meet the Press, The Criterion Film Collection, Education in Video, Media and Communications Studies, and Psychology Experiments Online.  Our friendly staff are available to help you search for, and implement titles in Canvas. Listed here are recent additions to the library collections: 

Kanopy provides access to 26,000 award-winning documentaries, feature, and training films on every topic imaginable including Media Studies, Foreign Language, LBGTQ Studies, Psychology, Politics, Environmental, and Literature. The collection offers films from Criterion Collection, PBS, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, New Day Films, California Newreel and many independent filmmakers.  Some of the most popular titles include The Times of Harvey Milk, A Hard Day's Night, Kiss Me, Hawking, Hoop Dreams, Miss Representation, Eraserhead, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and For the Bible Tells Me So

Films on Demand’s Master Academic Colllection provides access to over 17,000 titles in various disciplines to include Anthropology, Communications, Criminal Justice & Law, English, History,  Music and Dance, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and more.

SWANK Digital  is a small but growing collection of commercial and popular films (sans Disney) required for class use.  The collection currently consists of 120 films to include titles such as: Argo, Brokeback Mountain, Do the Right Thing, and Mar Adento./The Sea Inside.  Faculty and instructors may request the purchase of up to three films per academic year to support teaching and learning on the Bloomington campus.

For more information contact: Media Services, Wells Library, 1st Floor, East Tower, Reference Reading Room. (812) 855-1650,