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Need Media?: Getting and Accessing Films for Your Courses

The Big Ones

The major resources for digital media at Rutgers are Swank Digital Campus and Kanopy.

Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital Campus
has an inventory of over 25,000 films, documentaries and TV shows. Because this service is maintained to support classroom instruction, the films available through Swank will vary from semester to semester.What we have access to any particular semester depends on you, the Rutgers faculty, and what you’ve requested for that semester.
Found Your Film and It's Available Now!
Once you log into the Swank portal with your Rutgers NetID, you will see what is currently available to Rutgers users in the database. If Rutgers currently has access to a film, the record will include the option to watch. It will also indicate when current access ends.
If you click on the "Share" button it will allow you to "Copy Direct Link" or to "Copy LMS Link." Either link can be shared with your students; the LMS link would allow you to embed the film into your LMS if you chose to do so.
Rutgers Does Not Currently Have Access to a Film You Think Might be in the Swank Inventory?
Check for the film title in the Swank Digital Campus Inventory If you'd like the Libraries to obtain access to the film for use in your class, just add this to your Reserve Request Form.


Has an inventory of some 30,000 documentaries, as well as classic, foreign, and indie films. Producers include the Criterion Collection, New Day Films, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, and First Run Features. As is the case with Swank, what is accessible from Kanopy will vary from semester to semester and is determined by faculty request.
If you're searching Kanopy for a specific title, it is a good idea to use quotation marks when doing the search.
Clicking on the "Share" button will give you the link you can share with your students, or the option for a link that you can use to embed the film in your LMS.
The Film You Need Isn't Listed?
It may be there. Kanopy lists the currently accessible films that have your search phrase in the transcript first. It then lists titles in its inventory to which Rutgers does not currently have access enabled. Page down to see if your title is on that list.
If you'd like the Libraries to obtain access to the video for use in your class, just add this to your Reserve Request Form.

Do We Have Online Films That Aren't in Swank or Kanopy?

Certainly. There are many films for which we have purchased individual licenses; there are also films from other services. These may all be accessed from QuickSearch

Rutgers Doesn't Currently Have Access?

If you'd like the Libraries to obtain access to a film for use in your class, just add it to your Reserve Request Form.

Public Performance Rights

Films licensed through Swank or Kanopy can be viewed online for individual or course use only. Public or group viewings of these films are strictly prohibited.

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