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Streaming Media: Getting Started

Streaming Media Requests

If you have specific titles/resources you know you’d like to have available online, please send those to your liaison librarian and we will do the following:

  • Check our streaming services to see if the film/media is already available, and send you the embed code, and/or the direct link to the film/media.
  • Check the Media Services server to see if the film/media is available on campus servers. If this is the case, you can now search for and embed those films from within Canvas.  For instructions see Using the Medial Application.
  • Check to see if we can license an online version of the film/media from one of our providers, and do that if possible.
  • If the film/media is not available to license or purchase online then a DVD may be purchased for use in classrooms.

This process can happen relatively quickly, but the library does need some time to work through these options, and it would be great to have resources in place as we approach each semester.

Licensed Streaming Video

All streaming video collections are purchased or licensed content, limited to current authorized Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff.  The collections on this page are provided by Collins Library. You may link to them in Canvas.

A note about stability: Some of our streaming services provide a changing selection of items.  It is recommended that you check each semester to see whether the item you plan to use in class is still available.  Items should be stable for the length of a semester. 

Streaming Video in the Public Domain

Documentaries, films in the public domain, and short films, may be available through sites such as Internet Archive, YouTube, Vimeo, or others.


A collection of documentaries, feature films, and television shows on DVD are available on the lower level of the library.  They are arranged by call number.

To search for DVDs, use Primo. Do a keyword search or use the following terms and limit the resource type to DVD Videos:

  • Documentary films
  • Feature films
  • Educational films

TIP: If you do an advanced search in Primo, you can limit material type to audio and video to retrieve streaming video, DVDs, and videocassettes. You can also borrow DVDs through Summit.

Licensed Streaming Audio

Social Sciences Liaison Librarian

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Andrea Klyn
Office: LIB 141