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Films on Demand Available through Libraries

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
May 2nd, 2011

Consider it Netflix for academia. Films on Demand provides instant access to more than 6,000 films and 65,000 video segments and is now available to WVU students, faculty, and staff.

“More and more faculty have asked about streaming video from our collection,” said Jessica Tapia, Media Services Librarian. “We’re happy to make this great resource available to the WVU community.”

The Libraries offered the streaming video database on a trial basis in March and chose to retain it after receiving a flood of positive feedback.

Films on Demand covers a wide range of subject categories: humanities and social sciences, business and economics, science and math, health and medicine, family and consumer sciences, and guidance and counseling. The content comes from sources that are appropriate for academic curriculum support, including Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, PBS, and National Geographic.

Films on Demand can be used by an instructor in the classroom or by students at library or home. A link to Films on Demand is located on the Libraries’ database page available through the website, Search by keywords or browse by topic to identify content.

A helpful tool for instructors is the ability to create a video playlist for incorporating clips into a lecture. For students, videos include citations in Chicago or MLA 7th edition styles.

For more information about Films on Demand, contact Tapia at 293-0312 or

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