Streaming Media (Videos & Music): For Librarians: Adding videos to faculty curriculum

USC Libraries offers several options for streaming video, music, and other media from various platforms.

How do I ensure the Libraries can access titles?

If you are working with a professor who would like to add streaming media to their curriculum, share the following tips.

  1. Ask professor what they really need: On several occasions, teaching faculty are interested in showing concepts and don't mind if a specific title is unavailable. Each of the platforms offers topic/subject searches that could help facilitate a conversation about what is really needed from the video.
  2. Search for the title in the various streaming platforms that are detailed in the Streaming Media Description & Access section of this LibGuide. A limited number of streaming titles can also be found in the catalog.
  3. Suggest Sage's classroom-ready tutorials and expert interviews: All of these videos are designed to complement the topics and themes of the curriculum. 
  4. If the title is intended for Course Reserves have the professor start by requesting the title there even if it seems like we do not have access.

If none of these options work, don't give up. There's still hope:

  1. Buy it, add it to Reserve: The Librarian can submit a request to buy the physical DVD to Technical Services, assuming it's not in the Leavey collection or not yet owned by the professor. The DVD can be put on Reserve for viewing. Another option is to have the professor make a suggestion to Recommend-A-Book.


Teaching Faculty-How do I flag or add titles to my curriculum?

More and more teaching faculty are integrating streaming video into their curriculum whether it's full-length films or segments and clips. You can add stable links to Blackboard, Moodle and other learning management systems, create playlists for students to access, and user audio players to supplement the content. The platforms USC Libraries subscribes to includes Alexander St. Press, Academic Video Online, Digitalia Hispanica (Spanish), Egeda (Spanish), Kanopy Streaming Service, and Sage Videos (Counseling & Psychotherapy only)

You can also find these databases on our A-Z Databases list.

  • You can search for a specific title. If it doesn't appear, email your library liaison or Caroline Muglia
  • You can browse topics/subjects for concepts and ideas.