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Film Genres

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.


This page highlights the streaming video services to which the Library subscribes. The films in these databases are available for viewing, creating clips and making comments. Remember, if you are off-campus, you must run VPN first before viewing any film.

Internet resource(s)

These internet sites help you determine what is available for streaming and where you can find it. It does not mean the Library has access to it. It will help you determine if something is streaming. Not everything on video is available in a streaming format.

Streaming services

An Explanation of How Kanopy Works

The Kanopy service has a distinctive business model which is based on setting up an account at the beginning of the financial year. The service is patron-driven and draws down from that annually budgeted account as films are selected by our patrons. This “patron driven” model is really rather different than an annual subscription model such as you might find with Netflix or Amazon.  When using Kanopy, after the third view of a film (defined as 30 seconds or more) we are charged a license activation fee which supplies all patrons unlimited access to that particular film (not all films) for 1-year.  When the 1-year license expires then the process repeats, and we potentially pay again for that same film for another year. However, a new account is set up at the beginning of each new financial year.

[Test courtesy of Kenneth Peterson, Associate Librarian for Access and Collections Strategies, 5/2019]

For another perspective on Kanopy, please see Chris Cagle's commentary in Film Quarterly.

PLEASE NOTE: Kanopy film are not available for casual viewing. Please check the online catalog to see if we have the film available in another streaming service or on DVD. If we have the film on DVD, contact the Jones Media Center about access to the film.

Readings on streaming video

A miscellaneous collection of readings and publications on streaming media. This link goes to various other articles and publications on streaming media.