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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. Click the Search button to view the results of your search. Then in the left-hand "Tweak your results" menu choose "Videos" under "Resource Type."
  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 left-hand "Tweak your results" menu choose "Videos" under "Resource Type."
  1. Go to the Library Catalog.
  2. Type "Video" into the search box.
  3. In the "Tweak your results" section apply these filters:
    • Availability = Held by library
    • Resource Type = Videos
    • Library = Undergraduate Library
  4. In the "Tweak your results" section click on the drop down menu next to "Sort by" and change "Relevance" to "Title."  The search will update.
  5. To view the full record for an item, click on the title.

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 left column to tweak your results:

  • Availability = Available Online
  • Resource Type = Videos

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).