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Streaming Video

Description of our streaming video collections

Linking to streaming videos

You can link to most streaming videos using OneSearch, the same as for other online library resources. However, many streaming media databases offer options for linking directly or embedding videos in Canvas. Here are instructions for some of the most popular streaming video providers.

Swank Digital Campus

For Swank Digital Campus, there are two kinds of links:

  • Direct Link - Copy this link to share the title with users via email or other document, and it will launch the video when the link is clicked
  • LMS Link - Copy this HTML link and paste it into a Learning Management System

Share Content Links

  1.  Search or click on any title, and the title preview pane appears on the bottom of the page

  2. On the Title Preview, click Share
    Share links in Swank Digital Campus

  3. Select Copy Direct Link or Copy LMS Link

  4. The link is copied and may be pasted into another program

Screencast for sharing Content Via Swank Digital Campus


Below every video on the Kanopy website, you will see a button which says "Share/Embed." Clicking on this button will display three options for sharing and embedding films:

  1. The direct link to the film that you can send as a URL to anyone associated with your university/library
  2. Social media options to share via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  3. The embed link which you can copy and paste into a website or course management system post so that the film appears and can be watched there (as opposed to providing a link to open up a separate webpage). If you would like to learn more about how to embed films, you can see how to here.

All sharing and embedding options are also available below any clip or playlist you create as well.

If you are linking to a playlist and would like to begin at a specific clip, you can force the video to start at this clip by adding "&pos=#" at the end of the sharing link. Replace the # with the position number of the clip within the playlist. For example, if you want the video to begin at the second clip, the URL in the HTML code will look similar to this: ""

Screencast for sharing content via Kanopy


Alexander Street video and audio content can be integrated into Web pages and learning management systems in two ways: links or embeds. Both are provided for video and audio content, playlists, and clips in all Alexander Street collections. Look for the following symbol below throughout the Alexander Street new interface for items this feature is available for:

AVON embed/link icon

Using a link will provide a permanent digital pathway to a specific video, audio album or work, part of a video, audio track, playlist, or clip. Using an embed will generate Java-based code that can be used to add a full-featured Flash-based player directly into any Web page. As with links, embeds can be used for videos, parts of videos, albums, audio tracks, playlists, or clips.

Tips for Links

When linking to content, please be sure to either copy and paste the URL in the text of the popup screen. Do not use the URL displayed in your Web browser's address bar. If you are copying a link into a learning management system, insert it as plain text and not as a Web link, and be sure not to add any spaces to the inserted text.

AVON permalink screenshot

Tips for Embeds

When embedding content, please be sure to either copy and paste the complete text of the embed code in the popup screen. You can check by verifying that the code starts with “<script” or “<iframe” and ends with “/script>” or “/iframe>”. This embed code should be used only in Web pages. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email clients, and other desktop software do not support this code. Depending on the Web editor you are using, you may need to use the “source code” option for inputting embed codes, as plain text may not be supported. For more information about using iframes, visit the w3schools iframe page.

AVON embed code screenshot

Screencast for sharing content via AVON