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Streaming Video: Streaming Video

Do we have the film? Can we get it?

If you have a film in mind, look in APPsearch or in our catalog. 

If a search shows we do not have it, ask us for it.  John Wiswell,, or contact your subject librarian.  I check the Library catalog, check Swank, Kanopy, and Docuseek2 (see below), and then do a web search on: "movie title" streaming.  Sometimes it's easy and inexpensive to get a library version.  Other times, the movie is available streaming to individuals, but not for libraries.

Swank, Kanopy, and Docuseek2 streaming films have an expiration date, and we do not automatically renew.  Our catalog records include the expiration date, if there is one.  Swank films almost always expire the next January 1st or July 1st.  Please check this and let us know (wiswellj@) if you need a film that's expiring. 

Requesting Films

Usually our streaming videos are available when you need them, just as our other electronic resources (databases, journals, ebooks) are. 

Three exceptions are Swank, Kanopy, and Docuseek2 collections.  Swank movies must be requested by faculty and are then available for students through specific AsUlearn courses only.  Kanopy (Kanopy's catalog) and Docuseek2 films (catalog) are usually requested by faculty (and could be added to AsULearn).  See the box below for more details on Docuseek2.

We will also consider buying streaming rights for other films, usually to support online classes.  (But aren't just about all our classes at least partly online now?)  However, many films are not available in a format friendly to libraries.

Contact John Wiswell,, or your subject librarian.

Video Collections -- Available for Immediate Viewing

Streaming Documentaries -- Docuseek2

We now have another source for streaming documentaries, Docuseek2. Docuseek2 provides exclusive educational streaming access to content from Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films and Villon Films.

If Docuseek2 has a film you would like to make available for your students, contact us and we will get it set up.  The Docuseek2 films do not have to be restricted for use only through AsULearn (in the way that Swank streaming is).  They can be available to the entire ASU community in the same way our other e-resources (journals, databases, e-books) are.  The link will be available for one year from the time we set it up.

These may be used in the classroom, through AsULearn, or just for individual viewing.

Available now

Docuseek2 catalog -- browse or search, then request from librarian

Contact -- John Wiswell

John Wiswell  
Collection Management Services
Belk Library 225   262-7853
Contact me about setting up licenses or if you just need more information.

Public Performance Rights

Swank does NOT give PPR.  Links for use in AsUlearn only.

Also see the guide for Swank feature films

These must be requested by faculty for viewing through AsULearn.