Films on Demand

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Welcome to the Milligan Libraries online tutorial: Films on Demand!

What is this box?

This is an online guide that will introduce you to the Milligan College Library resources in real time on a live webpage.

Move through the guide by using the arrows at the bottom of the box.

Use the actual webpage to complete the guide activities.

What is Films on Demand?

Films on Demand is a collection of more than 25,000 full length educational videos from a wide variety of academic disciplines. 

Films by well-known producers like Films for the Humanities and Sciences, National Geographic, PBS and the BBC are included in the collection.

All videos can be streamed off of the internet. Full length videos are broken into individual segments.  Links to the segment or full video can also be embedded into Powerpoints and learning management systems, like Canvas.  

How do I get to Films on Demand?

From the Milligan College Library homepage, hover over RESOURCES in the black horizontal bar towards the top of the page or you may need to pop out the choices by clicking the white lines in the black bar. A drop down menu will appear. Click on Specialized Resources A-L. Click on Films on Demand.

If you are off-campus, you will be asked to log in. Use your Milligan Network ID and password, the same one you use for Canvas.

How do I use Films on Demand?

You simply type your search topic into the search box. The default search is By Segment. There are two other options: By Title and By Transcript.  

Here is a brief description of each option:

By Segment (RECOMMENDED--default search mode): Films on Demand breaks each full length video into small 1-5 minute segments.  This search mode searches for your terms in any of these small segments.

By Title: This search mode ONLY searches for your search terms in the TITLE of the full length video. Typically the number of results will be much smaller with this method.  

By Transcript: This search mode searches the full text of the video transcript.  Typically these results will be much higher in number than the other two methods, but may be less relevant.

Use the drop down arrow to switch. 

Type: Appalachia

into the search box. Hit the Enter key.

How many results did you get?


Look at the results list in the center of the page. Scroll down. Click on result entitled "Slave Labor in Appalachia". 

A new page will load.

The video will appear on the screen. What is the starting image of the video segment?

This is a 2:51 minute segment from a 52 minute video entitled "The Appalachians: The Fight for Land And Work". 

To embed this shorter segment, you need a web address.  DO NOT USE THE URL AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.  

Click on Embed/Link under the video. Two links will appear. The Record url is for the ENTIRE video. The Segment url is only for the smaller segment of the video.

There are short cuts for adding Films On Demand links to your Canvas course. Please contact library staff if you need assistance with this. 

Remember if anyone is viewing the video from off campus, they will have to login with their Canvas credentials to watch the video. 

That's it!  There are several advanced feature in Films on Demand. Films on Demand has created many short videos explaining these features.  

Look for them here.

If you have any questions about Films on Demand or any library question, please contact the library staff.


Phone: 423-461-8703

Chat: Click here to start a chat session.

You can continue to search in Films on Demand or close the tutorial and return to the Milligan Library webpage, by clicking the "x" in the corner of the tutorial.