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Streaming Video from the Pollak Library: Overview


The Pollak Library offers thousands of streaming videos on several platforms.

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?  Due to the high cost of streaming resources, requests for videos are currently only accepted by faculty request for required course viewings. Faculty may use the Materials Request Form to submit their requests.  

Many public libraries have free streaming video collections, so consult your local public library. Los Angeles Public Library offers cards to all residents of California and expanded access to Kanopy.  

Vendor 1: Alexander Street

logo of Alexander Street vendorAlexander Street offers thousands of videos of all types: documentaries, instructional videos, feature films, recorded performing arts, etc., from many suppliers: PBS, BBC, A&E, and more.
Searching for videos: search for Alexander Street videos via the Library's OneSearch catalog or search the Alexander Street website directly:  Browse disciplines by pulling-down the "Disciplines" or "My Collections" menus.  

ALL DISCIPLINES: Academic Videos Online
ART: Art & Architecture, Fashion Studies
DIVERSITY: Asian Studies, Black Studies, Latino StudiesLGBT Studies, Women's Studies
HEALTH SCIENCE: Counseling & Therapy, Health Policy, NursingSports Medicine & Exercise Science Screenshot of Alexander Street website
HISTORY: American History, Letters/Diaries, Newsreels, American Civil War, Women & Social Movements, World History 
LANGUAGE/LITERATURE: Language, Literature, Film scripts & Drama scripts
PERFORMING ARTS: American Music, Classical Music, Dance, Film, Jazz, Popular Music, Theater, World Music
PSYCHOLOGY: Counseling & Therapy, Psychology, Social Work
SCIENCES: SciencesEngineering
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Anthropology, Business/EconomicsCriminal Justice, Education,  Enviro StudiesGlobal Studies, Media Studies, Poly Sci, Religion


DIVERSITY: African DiasporaEthnographic Video Online, Disability Studies
HISTORY: American History in VideoBorder & Migration Studies
PERFORMING ARTS: Dance Online, Music Online, Music Online World

Vendor 3: Kanopy

Kanopy logoKanopy is a large streaming video vendor of documentaries and feature films.  Faculty may request ordering non-subscribed videos by completing the Materials Request Form
Searching for videos: search or browse for Kanopy videos via the Library's OneSearch catalog or from the Kanopy website directly:

MOVIES (FEATURE FILMS)Independent Cinema, World Cinema, Classic Cinema, Drama, Comedy, War/Action,
Romance, Horror/ThrillerScience Fiction & Fantasy, LGBTQ Cinema, Early Film, Short Film, TV Series
ARTSArchitecture, Dance, Design, Experimental/Alternative Media, Fashion, Film Studies,
Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Visual Art Screenshot of Kanopy website
BUSINESS: Economics & Globalization
EDUCATION: Teacher Development, Education Documentary
ETHNIC STUDIES & LANGUAGES: African Studies, Asian American StudiesAsian Studies , ESL & LanguagesEuropean Studies, Global Studies & Languages, Hispanic American StudiesIndigenous Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, North American Studies, Native American Studies
HEALTH: Child Health, Health, Medicine, Mental Health, Nursing, Sports & Fitness
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS: Journalism, Marketing, Advertising, & PR, Media Studies
SCIENCES: Agriculture & GeologyAstronomy, Biology, Computer Science & Technology, EngineeringEnvironmental ScienceZoology
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Anthropology, Gender Studies, History-Ancient, -Military, -Modern, Human Rights, Jewish Studies,
Law & Criminal Justice, LGBT, Political Science, Psychology, Race & Class Studies, Religion & Philosophy, Sociology
INSTRUCTIONAL FILMS: Food Technology, Hair & BeautyTravel & Tourism, K-12 Lessons
PBS DOCUMENTARIES: All disciplines

Vendor - Docuseek

Docuseek2 is the new academic streaming source for the best in social issue and documentary film, with hundreds of titles in all major disciplines, including access to the entire GOOD DOCS collection.

ARTSArt and ArchitectureArt HistoryDanceDrama and Theater
BUSINESS: BusinessBusiness EthicsCapitalismEconomicsLabor Studies
EDUCATION: EducationBilingual EducationEarly Childhood Education
ETHNIC STUDIES: African-American StudiesAsian-American StudiesIndigenous StudiesRace and RacismCivil Rights
HEALTH: Aging and GeriatricsChild DevelopmentPublic HealthSocial WorkHealth, Healthcare, Medicine and Nursing
MEDIA & COMMUNICATION: Communication and Media StudiesAdvertisingFilm and Video StudiesFilm History

SCIENCE: BiologyEarth ScienceEngineering
SOCIAL SCIENCE: Gender and SexualitySocial StudiesHistoryWomen's Studies,Languages and Literature