This research guide provides tips, tools, and techniques for finding videos, creating clips and playlists, and linking to videos for use in a variety of educational uses, including showing films in classrooms or other settings, embedding within online courses, or using as part of student projects. Syracuse University Libraries offer a wide variety of video and film resources, including DVDs, streaming films and documentaries, and important historical recordings located in our Special Collections Research Center. Working with film and video can sometimes be more complicated than working with other media, as issues such as copyright, public performance rights, media formats, and accessibility often come into play. This guide will help you navigate some of the challenges of using film and video in support of teaching, learning, and research across Syracuse University. If you have any questions about film or movie resources, or about any of the information contained in this guide, please reach out to Online Learning Librarian John Stawarz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DVDs and other physical formats: Try searching SU Libraries’ catalog to see if the title is in SU Libraries collection on DVD or in another format.
Please also see information about Ensemble, offered through Information Technology Services.
To place a fim on reserve for a class, please see Submitting Course Reserve Materials, on the Course Reserves page. There are three reserves options:
The Course Reserves page provides detailed instruction on each of these three reserves options.
The Video, Film, and Music Collections page describes options for finding streaming video, DVDs and other formats.
DVDs can be played on any computer with a disk drive.
Computers that accommodate DVDs, a Blu-Ray player, and two VHS players are available in the 4th floor in the viewing area in Bird Library.
For films in different formats (regions; PAL) the following options are available:
To find out what equipment is in which rooms, look at Classroom Resources or telephone: 315-443-4001
Registrar’s classrooms have a Blu-Ray or DVD player (DVD players in classrooms are being replaced by Blu-Ray players). Blu-Ray players are able to play DVDs, but DVD players do not play Blu-Ray. Some rooms may still have VHS players, but these will be removed as rooms are updated.
Instructions for use of technology in classrooms are on the DVD, Blu-Ray, and VCR Instructions page.
Equipment for loan: