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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Video Collections in the Social Sciences and Health: Kanopy

The library has access to a plethora of videos related to the social sciences, health, education, and many more topics.


  • Watchlist 
    Add videos you want to watch to you Watchlist so you can find them easily later.
  • Cite Permanent Links
    Kanopy provides the ability to link permanently to both full videos and user created clips, making it easy to point other users back to the video in a citation.
  • Create Clips
    You can easily create a clip of any video, making it easy to excerpt videos for use in the classroom.
  • Mobile Access
    Watch Kanopy content on your mobile device.  Kanopy is also compatible with Roku.
  • Create Playlists
    Create playlists of clips and videos and share them with other users. Many professors are already using this function to make it easy for students to locate assigned videos.


Kanopy has many categories and subcategories of documentary and instructional films that are especially relevant to health, education, and the social sciences.  The Library has access to a selected number of these films from the Kanopy website.

Finding Videos

Browse by subject using the menu on the upper lefthand side of the screen or select from featured categories on the home page.

Search by title or subject using the search box in the toolbar at the top of the screen.  Within a given subject, films are organized into subtopics and results can be narrowed by subject, supplier, filmmaker, feature, languages, captions and/or year of production.