Time for an introduction to a resource you might not be aware you have access to through our library! Did you know that the UCF Libraries provide access to a number of streaming video collections? The John C. Hitt library on main campus UCF subscribes to a few different databases UCF students, staff, and faculty can access free of charge. Often, this even includes full-length films!
The Alexander Street Press Database includes videos from collections like American History, Art and Architecture, LGBT Studies, New World Cinema, and World History. Entire videos, playlists, or clips can be embedded or linked to and then streamed.
The FMG Films on Demand collections contains streaming videos from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and has over 80 titles available.
DigitalCampus is a collection of over 19,000 theatrical films and television programs. You can request for the University to license semester-long access to films to use. Films that have already been licensed can be used in ANY course for that entire semester. You can even request closed captioned versions.
Kanopy has over 12,000 titles available in a number of collections, including Film & Popular, Business, Health, and Technical Training.
You can read more about how to access these databases and the specific processes for linking and embedding videos on this LibGuide on the Hitt Library website. The instructions vary a bit from platform to platform.
These databases are a really great resource, especially if you’re not sure how to go about showing a video during a lecture or inside Webcourses. Why? It’s often complicated trying to include copyrighted material like films and movies in course material posted on the web, or showing films and movies to large groups without the proper permissions. Since UCF licenses these materials, you can be sure you’re not violating copyright by using these instead of random clips you might find elsewhere on the internet. Use these databases to explore the options for linking to streaming videos in your courses, or even in presentations!