Video Streaming

This page is intended to create guidance for faculty who are looking for video streaming options for the classroom and/or homework assignments.

Currently Available Streaming Services

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  • Academic Video Online - ​Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers ~ 68,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
    Procedure: This is a video subscription service; you may use any of the videos listed in the catalog. Simply search for a title or topic.
  • Alexander Street Video - Alexander Street Video (Academic Video Online- AVON) is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers ~ 68,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
    Procedure: This is a video subscription service; you may use any of the videos listed in the catalog. Simply search for a title or topic.
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  • Kanopy - A select collection of documentaries, Classic and Indie Films. On Desktop, Mobile and Roku for Students, Professors & Library Patrons.
    Procedure: Choose a film we have already licensed from the Clarkson Kanopy page. If you wish to use a specific film not already in our collection, search for the film and request a license by filling out the form attached to the video.
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  • Swank Digital Campus - Swank is a catalog of over 25,000 feature films, documentaries, TV shows, and foreign films available from major Hollywood studios. The Clarkson University Libraries offers access to the catalog of films so that instructors, researchers, and students can recommend videos pertinent to their courses for purchase.
    Procedure: Choose a film we have already licensed from the Clarkson Swank page. If you wish to use a specific film not already in our collection, rregister as an instructor (or login) and place a license request.
See our Open Educational Resources guide to find freely available video resources. 

Do you have questions or cannot find what you need? 

Email askalibrarian@clarkson.edu. 

Copyright

The biggest factor in deterining how to show a video to your students is probably copyright considerations; unfortunately, copyright limits your options for classroom videos. 

Common Copyright Questions

Can I show a DVD or Blu-Ray video in my classroom?

Yes, as long as it is for classroom instruction and no admission fee is charged.

Can I show a DVD or Blu-Ray video in a non-classroom context?

Generally not, unless permission has been obtained from the copyright holder.

Can I Stream a Netflix (or other streaming service) Video in My Classroom?

If you are using a video streaming service licensed through the library or your department that is intended for that purpose, yes. 

What about personal streaming services?

“When one signs a license agreement, he or she often gives away certain freedoms, such as copyright exceptions. The Netflix user agreement overtly conveys “the Software is only for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for use in the operation of a business or service bureau, for profit or for the benefit or any other person or entity.” Most copyright attorneys comprehend the phrase “for your own personal… use” as giving away your statutory exceptions to use section 110(1) and even section 107 (fair use).” – Kris Helge, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of North Texas. “May One Stream a Netflix Video for In-Class Use?”

If you wish to use a streaming service to show a video in your classroom using a personal subscription, you will need to check your user agreement to see if it prohibits you from using it for a public showing.

For more information and other copyright questions, please visit our copyright page.