Library Research Guide
The following resources are limited to current K-State students, faculty, and staff; require sign in with K-State eID and password
See our list of databases with videos. Some databases include videos, such as methodology videos for labs, other databases focus on documentary or popular films.
The K-State Libraries' subscriptions to Kanopy, Docuseek, and Swank are accessed from our Databases list.
Instructions for embedding videos in Canvas are provided on in the "Embedding in Canvas" section of this guide, specifically the box titled "Instructions & Tips."
Swank Digital Campus -- using your instructor login, checking first to see if the title is already available, place the request from within Digital Campus.
When showing films from Swank, please be aware that based upon our contract:
Films in our other databases can be watched right away. Some databases marked as including videos also include books, journal articles, and other materials.
See our complete list of databases with videos.
*Academic Video Online and March of Time are two of six video databases that we subscribe to on the Alexander Street Press platform. When looking for instruction about using these databases, information may be listed under Alexander Street Press.
Watch parties can be accomplished by embedding or linking to our videos in Canvas and scheduling a start time for the film. Everyone in the class will be starting and stopping the film for themselves. Thus far, we have not determined a way for the instructor to control playing the film for the whole class without violating copyright. (If you know of a way, please let us know!)
The discussion can take place using:
If you are showing a film outside the Canvas/classroom environment, please see our Film Showings and Festivals guidance.
Popular home streaming platforms are not available for institutional access; K-State Libraries cannot subscribe to or otherwise provide access to these platforms. [Example platforms include, but are not limited to Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Hulu, YouTube.]
Films assigned for classes may be accessible for individual students to rent, purchase, stream with a subscription, or stream with ads from one or more of these platforms. Use the following sites to determine how easily and at what cost students can purchase access. A possible, but not proven, guideline is to see how many platforms offer the film. Fewer platforms may indicate increased difficulty accessing the film.
These sites and the streaming platforms are described for informational purposes only; we are not endorsing their subscription for fee-based services.
*These sites can only indicate where a film/tv show is available that day. They cannot predict or guarantee the film will be available from a specific platform on a future date.