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Streaming Guide: CANVAS

This guide will provide information about and resources for streamed video at Hodges Library

CANVAS and Video Streaming

CANVAS allows instructors to add links to Library licensed videos to a class on the class' CANVAS site. 

See instructions to the right.  The Library licenses over 100,000 video streaming titles and newsreels.  Please go to our Video Streaming Collections page to see all of our video streaming collections. 

You can also search the Library catalog for video streaming titles, just as you would a book.  You can then limit the search to Resource Type - "Streaming Media" using the Facets on the left to take away all results except for steaming video and audio.

Adding Library Streaming Video Titles to CANVAS

This is a quick way to get a Library streaming video title into CANVAS.  Please make sure you are using the correct and proxied URL (see "Getting the URL" in the box below below)

  1. Open CANVAS.
  2. Open the course you want the video to be viewed.
  3. Click on "Assignments".
  4. Click "Add Assignment" box (or create a separate "Group" in Assignments.
  5. Fill in Data
    1. Title for assignment.
    2. Title of the video text area.
    3. Attach URL to the video title
    4. For "Submission Type", click the URL box.
    5. Optionally you can give it a due by date
    6. Click "Save and Publish"

Getting the URLs from streamed videos found in the Library

If you find a video that is streaming in the Library Catalog and you want to add the link to Canvas:

Videos from Alexander Street Press and Films On Demand will have permalink URLs that can be found on the video's page (see below).  For videos from Kanopy you can use the URL that come up when you click on the video.  If you have trouble finding the links contact Steven Milewski for assistance. 

To get the URLs for other videos you see that the Library is streaming in the catalog, contact Steven Milewski for a URL that will work on and off campus through Canvas. 

Getting the URLs from Films On Demand's, Alexander Street Press's (AVON), and Kanopy's video streaming databases

For videos found using the Films On Demand or any of Alexander Street Press's databases such as Academic Video Online you can find the URL links on the video's page.  Do not use the link at the top of the web page that opened because it won't have the proxy information needed for students trying to watch off campus. 



  • For Films on Demand videos you can find the correct URL in a text box below the player called "Record URL" and can click "Highlight" and then copy it there.


Alexander Street Press

  • For Academic Video Online and other Alexander Street Press streaming videos click on the "Embeded/Link" located below the video player, then copy the URL link.



  • For videos streaming from Kanopy you can use the URL that appears at the top of the web page when the video player comes up.


Streaming titles from other Library sources




YouTube in Canvas

To add YouTube videos or see other video streaming help options please go to OIT's help page on incorporating videos into CANVAS.

For this and other sources of audio and video that you want to connect to through CANVAS please be aware of copyright and permissions issues.  


Contact Information

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Steven Milewski
Hodges Library
University of Tennessee
1015 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37966

865 - 974 - 2647