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Video Resources in the Library

This guide provides information about library resources for streaming videos as well as other video resources.

Searching in Academic Video Online (AVON)

Academic Video Online refers to its video collections as “channels”. Videos within the database are categorized under various channels. There are publisher channels (for example, Sony Pictures Classics and Public Broadcasting System) and there are subject and topic channels (for example, Theater in Video and Black Studies).

Tip 1: The search page offers three possible places to search: “Current Channel”, “All Videos,” and “All Channels.” For a broader search, and the most possible results, it is recommended that users search “All Videos.”


Tip 2: If you are searching for a specific video and know the title, or if you are searching for a specific topic phrase, enter your search in quotation marks so that you retrieve more exact results.

For example: “edgar allan poe” or “turn of the screw”. If you are doing a more general searching for any videos available on a topic, enter your search keyword or keywords in the search box.

Tip 3: Once you have your lists of results, you can browse through these or you can use the filter options to narrow your results to those that best fit your needs. To view the filter choices, click on the funnel icon centered above your results. You can filter your results by SUBJECT, PUBLISHER, PERSON, CONTENT TYPE, LANGUAGE, and RELEASE DATE. Select the filters that are most useful to you.