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Resources for Learning and Teaching Remotely

This guide lists a few of the electronic resources that are now available to students and faculty to help with distance learning and teaching for the Spring semester

How do I request a Streaming Video?

If you are a faculty member and need a film for classwork, please fill out the library's Video Request form to contact the appropriate librarians regarding your streaming video options.

The CSI Library has three streaming video platforms, Kanopy, Film Platform, and Films on Demand (FOD) that can be accessed through the library's database listings with descriptions. A portion of Kanopy's content is immediately available but other individual titles can be requested. Additional Films on Demand titles can also be requested through the library's Video Request form. The library also has a multitude of open access offerings and library vendors opening their resources for a limited amount of time for distance learning. Please review by area and description below.

**Until May 31st, Kanopy is opening it's Great Courses collection and other smaller collections. After that date, please request any video from this collection.** 

SWANK Films- Until June 30th

The CSI Library has arranged for access to Swank, a Netflix-like streaming video platform. Please review any titles on this public site. However, some videos are 'immediately available' while others have 'additional time-constraints and fees' per studio request. To request any title 'immediately available' by Swank, please go to our Video Request form. We have a limited amount of licenses available but will make every attempt to accommodate a request. Faculty will be notified when a video request is on the site. Access must be through the following Swank link in order to identify CSI users.

Please note that not all former DVD's or older videos are available in streaming format.  Please also see Swank's  link to supported web browsers (e.g., Safari not supported). The library recommends using Google Chrome for most if not all digital resources. 

JOVE- Video Journal until June 30th

Jove has offered free access to several of their products to aid distance learning this semester. We now have access to several of their collections. See Jove's blog details of access.

Products include Jove Science Education with the Biology Lab Manual Videos

Bloomsbury's Drama Online

Access until the end of the semester! Includes playtexts, e-books plays audio and  video of BBC Drama Films and Documentaries, the Royal Shakespeare Collections and Company, the National Theater Collection plus much more! Please go to the link to Drama Online.

Other Multimedia Resources

  • Sage Videos in all major disciplines. Until June 30th!  (Business & Management, Counseling & Psychotherapy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Education, Leadership Collection, Video Media, Communication, & Cultural Studies, Nursing Collection, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work Collections).
  • SAGE Research Methods Videos Until June 30th! (Videos in Practical Research and Academic Skills, Research Methods in Data Science, Big Data Analytics, Digital Methodology and Market Research).

Free Online Video Resources

  • Open Video Collection Resources from the American Library Association.Digital Video Guide. A comprehensive listing across the sciences, broadcasting, history, humanities, etc. You will find just about everything here!


  • List of Live Streaming Concerts and Live-Streamed Concert Database, which are lists of classical music performances


  • In the Life- The UCLA Film & Television Archive worked with the producers of “In the Life,” the longest running LGBT television news magazine, to create a digital portal to all of their television episodes and some contextual materials."


  • AdViews- A digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s from Duke University


  • The American Memory- Project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures


  • Civil Rights Digital Library- Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's.


  • Media Burn- A collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to the present


  • VIMEO- A well known video sharing site specializing in user-generated content, media production how to videos, independent films


  • WGBH Open Vault- Unique and historical content published by public televisions and WGBH TV station 


  • YouTube MoviesProvides access to thousands of commercial films (mostly Studio) across most popular film genres. Though many films require a rental cost, there are hundreds of free films legally available in this section


  • National Film Board of Canada- Watch over 2,000 classic and brand-new NFB titles


  • British Pathe- World's leading multimedia resource with content from over a century ago in Britain 1890-2011


  • Internet Moving Image Archive- Contains a quarter of a million films in various areas


  • EVIA- Ethnographic film collection with collaboration by academic instructors and scholars


  • C-Span Archive- All videos cataloged since 1987 making it the most comprehensive collection of political and governmental content                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • IMDB (Internet Movie Database)- Offering many free films and TV series with a free registered account.