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Streaming Video Guide

For Instructors

Bush Library's collection development policy                Google Doc             lists our philosophy and practices for supporting research and curricular needs at Hamline University. Faculty are encouraged to submit recommendations for adding library materials to our collections. 

You may link to our streaming video items by adding them into your Leganto Reading lists, as a permalink, or directly into your Canvas modules, using an embed code, or into a Google or Microsoft Word syllabus. 

Additional Suggestions:

  • When selecting to add a leased video to your syllabus or lists, check the lease expiration date in the HamCAT record to make sure the lease will still be active and accessible on the dates you want your students to view it.
  • Some content links require off campus users to pass first through the library proxy server. You may need to add the following URL in front of the permalink provided on the vendor's site.
    • For example: 

  • Always use the static or permalink web address (URL) when selecting a link to add to your documents, or share with students. Reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance if you have trouble locating the permalink to an item. The location of the permalink  for an item may vary in different search interfaces. 
  • With at least a minimum 2 weeks advanced notice, the library might opt to borrow a physical copy (DVD) of your streaming video from another library to provide you a chance to preview it, before we consider leasing the streaming version of your video. 
  • Some videos include closed captioning. Search the title in  HamCAT to determine if your title includes this option.  
  • Some video content is only available in physical DVD format, or is so cost prohibitive that library funding cannot cover the streaming version. Speak to your liaison librarian to explore options. 
  • You may also find open access streaming video content on the web. Remember that this content can be modified or removed without notice.  


For Students

Want to include streaming video content in your class presentation, quote from it in a paper, or view it as part of a group event?
Keep these rules in mind.

  • For streaming videos from content provider Kanopy, please plan ahead. The library will review student requests for access to titles for curricular purposes. Subscription approvals may take some time. Hamline offers access to other streaming video providers that provide immediate access to a large catalog of content. (Academic Video Online, Films on Demand, etc.)
  • Proper attribution rules apply to citing video content in your papers and presentations. Both MLA and APA provide guidance on how to cite streaming video. Both Bush Library and the Purdue Online Writing Lab  - OWL also provides guides to help you with many examples. 
  • Many of the streaming video titles Hamline provides do NOT include public performance rights. With advance notice, the library can help you locate publisher/distributor/rights holder copyright request forms for obtaining permissions, and help you understand the fees. You can view Hamline subscription content in groups within courses, and at Hamline group/club activities made up of members of the Hamline community, if no fees are charged for viewing.  


If you have questions about using or linking to streaming videos available from Hamline, we encourage you to Contact the Library