All of QC Library's streaming videos are searchable in OneSearch. Most of our streaming videos are available via Alexander Street including AVON and Digital Theatre+. We do have some streaming videos from other platforms including Kanopy, Swank, New Day Films, Docuseek, and Films on Demand.
1. For Streaming Videos, toggle to the Video Search Tab on OneSearch.
2. Type in the title of the video.
3. You may limit your video search to online/streaming videos by selecting the "Full-Text Online" option on the left.
4. Select the video of choice by clicking on the "Available Online" link.
5. Under View Online, select from one of the available options.
6. That will take you to our Proxy to sign in. Browse our Remote Access FAQ for more information.
7. Once you sign-in, you will be taken to the platform. For example: Swank.
For any access or technical issues, please complete the Electronic Resources Access Form.
Public Performance Rights (PPR) are legal rights to show a film or video (streaming media) to the public. Typically, the media producer or distributor handles these rights and often includes them with the purchase. However, the rights-holder may assign PPR using a separate Public Performance License.
The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the US Code) requires PPR for public viewing of copyrighted media outside of the regular curriculum. This applies whether or not an admission fee is included. Examples:
Users of the Alexander Street Video Platform should be able to:
There may be some parts of this website that are not fully accessible:
If you have a disability and need to make your computer, tablet, or another device easier to use, AbilityNet is a recommended resource. We also recommend browsing free add-ons offered for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
For more information, please visit Alexander Street Video Platform Accessibility Statement.
English subtitles will be available for all non-English titles, though there are two ways in which they will appear:
If you are viewing a non-English title and do not see the English subtitles appear, please try enabling them through the caption menu. If they do not appear, please contact us right away.
You will be able to click on a specific line in the transcript to automatically jump to that position in the video. This is useful for revisiting parts of a film that may want to see again as the transcript is fully searchable through your browser’s find feature.
The transcript can only be loaded if closed captions are available, but they can be used independently of each other (you won’t need to activate the closed captions in order to view the transcript).
Screen Reader Compatibility
We recommend using the Google ChromeVox screen reader because we operate on a Google Widevine platform.Please reference this resource or view the following YouTube video for information on adding ChromeVox
Media Player Keyboard Shortcuts
The Tab and Enter keys will enable users to navigate the Content Catalog, specific keyboard functions may be used during movie playback. The functions closely resemble the keyboard functions utilized in other streaming platforms, such as YouTube.
To reference the list of shortcuts, click the Keyboard Shortcuts link on an title watch page or hold the Shift Key and /
Captions and alternative audio options are found by clicking the more icon at the bottom of the player window When closed captions are available, they will be listed as English under the Subtitle heading.
E-Reserves Request: You can ask for required materials, such as ebooks, e-book chapters, articles, streaming videos, or other online materials. You may also ask for physical items from our existing QC collections (e. g. books, videos, etc).
Reserves Renewal Request: ask us to re-use Reserves material from a previous semester
Course Management Application: apply to manage your E-Reserves course site yourself
Student Papers Request: obtain student permission to share their work with course students
Note: The QC Libraries complies with the current Copyright Guidelines for CUNY Libraries.
For more information, please visit our E-Reserves page.
Showing Streaming Videos during Class
Showing films from the Library collection via Zoom or another service is not recommended due to bandwidth issues. As a workaround, we recommend that you ask your students to mute themselves and access the film via the library at the same time from their own individual computers.
Should you need any assistance with this, please complete our Electronic Access Form.
If you would like to place an item on reserve or request the library to investigate an item (streaming video or ebook) for purchase, then kindly complete the E-Request Form.
Note: All streaming videos are searchable via OneSearch.
Video Linking and embedding
1. Videos on the platforms (ASP, Docuseek, Kanopy, SWANK) all have a permalink and embed code associate with it. For example in Alexander Street Press videos or Academic Video Online (AVON), under Share or Embed/Link you will see both the persistent link and embed code.
2. You may copy the permalink to use in Blackboard.
Embedding Links in Blackboard:
Netflix does not allow for an institutional license to their content. However, Netflix does allow for some of its documentaries to be used for educational purposes. The faculty must have active Netflix accounts. This will allow for the following:
Please review the Netflix's Educational Screenings of documentaries policy for more information.
Please find a list of Netflix approved materials.
Disclaimer: The QC Libraries are not responsible for any content linked from these sites. We cannot guarantee availability nor functionality.