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Videos: Video Collection

The Library's film collection, in DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming video.

Search for our physical DVDs

The library catalog search will discover our physical DVD collection and only selected streaming videos.

REMEMBER to search our thousands of streaming videos in the box below.

  • Start by performing a keyword search.
  • Then use the facets on the left side of the screen to narrow results by "Resource Type" of Videos.
  • The resulting facets on the left will provide additional breakdowns by Subject.
  • NOTE: you can browse the physical videos using the Subject facet on the left side of this basic video location search. 


You must collect the physical videos yourself from the shelves; no Holds may be placed.

Professors can request that DVDs be steamed to classes by contacting CIDAT.  Blu-Ray discs are not possible. 


NOTE: see our list of Children's Films.

Streaming Video Search Tools

Click on the platform names below to search in our STREAMING VIDEO collections:

  • Academic Video Online
    • Academic Video Online (AVON) delivers more than 64,000 video titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film and more. AVON includes every kind of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Users will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners as well as the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.
    • You can place the Embed/Link (found below the viewing box) directly into CANVAS as a media link.

  • Films on Demand
    • Films on Demand offers a large variety of curriculum-focused, streaming video titles from producers such as Films for the Humanities and Sciences, PBS, A&E, History, ABCNews, BBC, NBC News, Shopware, Biography, National Geographic and others.
    • You can place the Embed/Link (found at the bottom of the item record) directly into CANVAS as a media link. 

Editing video materials

There are a number of tools that will allow you to edit (create clips) from streaming videos.

  • VidGrid – easily capture video material as it comes across your screen
    • start the VidGrid recorder in CANVAS and simply capture what you see in your browser
    • VidGrid includes an option to cut out portions, and also advanced options such as fuzz out areas and add quizzes
  • Streaming services – both the platforms above have editing options.
    • Academic Video: To create a detailed clip, select the Clips tab in the main header and ‘Create a New Clip’. Give your clip a useful title. Indicate the start and stop times for the clip. Add some annotation or notes to give the clip some context. Indicate how widely you want this clip to be shared - just you, your class/group, your institution, or everyone. Then hit save. Please note, you must be signed in to create or edit a clip.  
    • Films on Demand: There are already created segments, and the My Content section allows anyone who is logged in with a user account to manage and access their own custom segments. Custom segments provide another level of customization, allowing you to create the perfect segment that best meets your needs. When you create a custom segment, you are creating a virtual segment using in and out points of the video. These segments do not alter the original video and are not downloadable. Segments that are created are visible on the segments tab of any video they were originally created from, at the bottom of the segments tab.  All custom segments are stored in the My Content section of your account and can be organized into folders. They can be organized into other folders within the My Custom Segments section.
  • Professors can request that DVDs be steamed to classes by contacting CIDAT.  Blu-Ray discs are not possible. 


You can also browse a selection of SXU owned Silent Films.

Consider the free Internet Archive Moving Image Archive containing classic full-length films, daily alternative news broadcasts, and cartoons and concerts.

FILMSshort contains many free short films.

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 5,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002.

Our Central Index database covers additional web video material (use critical thinking when finding random web materials).

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