Video Content for JMU Courses

Posted on: November 4, 2022

Screenshots of videos on the Business & Economics, Literature, and Environmental Studies from Kanopy
A small sample of streaming videos from Kanopy, one of our databases

Faculty, did you know we can help you find video content to support your teaching? From documentaries to popular films, our collection has thousands of videos! And if we don’t have the video you want in the format you prefer, we may be able to get it for you. 

Videos in physical formats

You can search for videos on DVD or Blu-ray from the Libraries’ collections. These items may be placed on Course Reserves for students to check out and watch in the library, or you may play them in an in-person class. You can also suggest we purchase a DVD that we don’t have in our collections.

Online or streaming videos

For online, hybrid, or in-person classes, you can embed streaming videos from our collections into your Canvas course. To find a streaming video in our collections, either:

If the specific streaming video you want to show in class is not in our collections, please submit a request to purchase or license a new streaming title. In some cases, it can take months to negotiate a streaming license. Some videos are not eligible for streaming licensing. We will help you understand and explore your options.

If you want to stream part of a DVD from the Libraries’ holdings, we may be able to digitize part of it. Visit our Instructional Use of Media Collection page to learn more or to submit a request. Note that there are limitations on what we can digitize.

If you don’t have a specific video in mind

Contact your liaison librarian for help searching for video content for your teaching. We are happy to help you search for video content (or any resource) for your research and teaching needs!

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