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Films on Demand


Part One: Browsing and Searching

Part Two: Viewing


Part One: Browsing and Searching

The first thing you should do is sign in or create an account if you haven't already done so. Creating an account will allow you to access the full features of the website and signing up only takes a minute.

Once you have signed in, you can browse or search.

  • Featured films are listed alphabetically by category.
  • Scroll through the list and click on any subject heading for more choices.
  • You can also browse from the top navigation by going directly to a subject heading list
  • Browse Special Collections such The Bill Moyers Collections, National Film Board of Canada, or Scientific American Frontiers to name just a few.

Searching is made easy using the basic search box on the home page.

  • Type in a word or phrase, choose either by segments for a listing of results by clips or choose by titles for a listing of results by film titles.
  • If it's easier for you to think of your results in terms of whole films, change the default to by titles.

If you'd like to organize your search in advance, use the advanced search function to select options such as copyright date of film (if you're looking for films since 2001), sort by newest to oldest to see the latest acquisitions from Films on Demand, and choose multiple subject headings to assist you in your search. If you'd like to be ADA compliant, or if you have ESL students in your class, you can also choose only films with closed captioning.

Part Two: Viewing

Once you've found a film you'd like to view, there are several options.
You can watch the entire film or choose to watch smaller clips or segments of the film.
Like any online video, click the play button, adjust the volume, and make it full screen if you prefer.
If you'd like to skip around, you can click on any of the segments to the right of the screen.
Or you can fast forward within the video itself.