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Streaming Film Databases

Revised and expanded explanations of how to make our streaming film options work for you!

Streaming film databases

Yes, we have streaming film options!

We have a robust DVD film collection, and we welcome any additional purchase requests, but sometimes a streaming film option is more desirable. Here is an overview of our streaming film options as of Fall 2021:

AVON (Academic Video Online):

  • This is largely documentary and nonfiction films; everything in this database should be accessible as soon as you click on it.
  • See the embedding page on this guide for embed instructions.

Kanopy and Swank

  • These two databases provide access to feature films, both fiction and documentary, and their selections are almost entirely unique from each other. For example, Kanopy has 400+ Criterion films, while Swank has the full Hitchcock catalog.
  • Because these two databases do not currently have the most ideal searching and requesting abilities, feel free to email your streaming film requests directly to If you would like to climb the small learning curve and search and request on your own, follow the steps on the pages on this guide.

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