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Laulima Library Toolkit

Streaming Video

Directions for Creating Persistent Links to Streaming Media

The Libraries provide ready access to thousands of streaming videos covering all kinds of subjects, including some feature films, through a number of licensed collections. Instructors can easily link to these videos in their Laulima courses. Like electronic books, streaming video records are in the Library Catalog.

You can use a catalog keyword search to find videos on various topics. For example, combine the phrase "streaming video" with a word or phrase, e.g.,


Click the Go button above to see the results, or substitute your word or phrase for earthquakes in the example and Go.

From the search results, click a title  to see the full record. (On results screens, streaming videos are identified with "Internet access" as a location and a media icon Library catalog media icon.)  From the full record, right-click and copy the link labeled "View streaming video" or "View film".

In addition to searching the catalog, you can directly visit the video collection websites to browse or search for titles.

  • Kanopy provides access to thousands of videos in the areas of the arts, humanities, business, sciences, media/communications, education and more. Users can create playlists and clips (pdf) from Kanopy's content without registering for an account, but accounts make it easier to manage the clips and playlists you create.
  • Films On Demand features thousands of full-length videos covering the humanities & social sciences, science, business & economics, health, archival films & newsreels. Users who create their own optional accounts can make and share playlists from video segments.
  • Alexander Street Press supplies UH with a number of streaming video collections, including Filmakers Library Online (covering all kinds of academic subjects), as well as the Classical Music, Dance, Opera and Theatre in Video collections. Users who sign-up for optional personal accounts can create, edit and share playlists and clips.

(Caution: Don't copy video URLs from your browser's address bar and try to share them. Right-click and copy the link from the library catalog record or the persistent link in a video collection description. Make sure the URL looks something like this :

For more information on these and other streaming video options, see the Sinclair Library: Online Video Resources guide.

And also check out the Sinclair Library: Media/Streaming Reserves for more information on requests for streaming videos.