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Streaming Video from the Pollak Library: For Faculty

Streaming video to support your curricula

The Pollak Library offers streaming videos on several platforms to supplement classroom instruction. Additionally, the Library has thousands of videos in physical format (DVDs and older VHS), which are all included in the Library's OneSearch catalog. Simply type-in your title (or keywords) and then use the left sidebar to limit to "Video." 

If the Library does not have the specific video you are looking for, please complete the Materials Request Form.


graphic of DVD and VHS digitized into streaming video

The Library is now partnering with CSUF’s Online Education & Training (OET) to digitize DVDs/VHS into streaming format to view via a secure ShareStream link, which you can post to Canvas for your students.  To do this, simply fill out the OET Digitization Request Form and email it to the Library's Circulation Manager, Kevin Phillips:

Finding streaming videos

To find a video by title:  Type your title in the OneSearch box and limit scope to Books & Media at CSUF. If that video is part of the collection, the access link will be found in the search results.  If the video does not appear in the results, it is not in our collection. 
To find videos by topic:  Our different platforms offer different methods for browsing titles. Navigate to the databases and browse within the different platforms:

  • Academic Video Online (AVON): Allows several methods for browsing all available titles on the Alexander Street platform. Click Filter from the platform page, and browse by subject, content type, or more.
  • Kanopy: Click Browse at the top of the platform to access Kanopy's subject headings.
  • Docuseek: From the platform, click Browse to search by keywords or click Subjects to browse by subject heading
  • From OneSearch, search by keywords then filter results to Video under Resource Type in the lefthand menu.  

What if the Library doesn't have the streaming video you want?  Faculty may use the Materials Request Form to submit their requests. Acquisitions will research the streaming availability of the title and advise you on your options.

Once you find your film in the library catalog, copy the permalink to add it to Canvas or your syllabus.
This will ensure that students are prompted to log in and will be able to access the title. Direct links may not prompt students to log in and will result in being unable to access the title.
Why are there sometimes messages that a request form must be submitted to watch a Kanopy video?
Kanopy licenses do expire. Please complete the request form, so that the license can be renewed. Requests are usually fulfilled within 2 business days.
Do we have a Swank "subscription package" of films?
We do offer Swank but the subscription limits the number of films that can be accessed at any one time. Please contact with your title requests and the specific dates access needed.