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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How to Find Media

Use this guide to find and utilize media sources.

Searching the Library Catalog

  1. Go to the Library Catalog.
  2. In the search box, type the title.
  3. In the drop down box next to the search box, change "Keywords" to "Title".
  4. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. Then in the right-hand "Narrow Your Search" menu choose "Film or Video." 
  1. Go to the Library Catalog.
  2. In the search box, type the name of the director, actor, performer, or related individual you are looking for.
  3. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. Then in the right-hand "Narrow Your Search" menu choose "Film or Video." 
  1. Go to the Classic Library Catalog
  2. Click on Advanced Search.
  3. Click on the More Limits button (lower right corner of screen).
  4. Select Undergraduate Media Collection under the Location heading.
  5. Click Set Limits. Red bold text will appear on the screen stating: "Search Limits are in effect!"
  6. In the "Search for" box, type "videorecording" without the quotation marks.
  7. In the drop down box next to to this choose "these words as a phrase."
  8. In the last drop down box choose "Title Words."
  9. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. To view the full record for an item, click on the title.
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Searching Library Databases

Unfortunately, there is no single search that will display all streaming video in the online catalog.

However, if you search the Library Catalog by title, subject, etc., all matching streaming videos will show up. You can use the categories in the right column to limit your results:

  • Location = UIUC Online Collection
  • Format = Film or Video

We also have several special collections of streaming video, including databases:

Resources Outside Illinois

If you need a film or other type of media for your research, you can acquire it through Interlibrary Loan just as you would a book or article. You can also check with your local public library.

A film you need might also be available via a streaming service such as Netflix. Hulu Plus contains many films in the Criterion Collection, and occasionally some are made available to stream freely. However, these services require a paid subscription (though many offer a free trial).