Use these tools and resources to get started with videos for your courses
Find a video using library search
Quick instructions on how to find a video in our collection.
See the full list of streaming video databases
This is a list of all the streaming video, image and music resources that Seneca Libraries offers.
Copyright for videos, TV and YouTube
Scroll to Videos and TV and YouTube videos to see a quick overview of what you may and may not use in your class.
We have a large variety of streaming videos for use in your courses that you can view on or off college premises (Seneca login required). Use the links in the Toolbox box on this page to start your search or use the following search box:
Please note that Lynda.com is not included in our search but available from the list of databases. Seneca's MyLearning site provides more information about lynda.com playlists for different schools.
There are two types of DVDs in our collection:
General Collection: If the DVD is part of our Circulating collection you can request it through the Request button. Circulating DVDs have a 14 day loan period and can be screened/viewed outside the College’s premises.
Media Collection: DVDs that are in high demand and essential for class presentation are only available for screening on the College’s premises. These DVD must be returned to library after class and can only be booked via email request.
For more information on how to book a DVD for the classroom read the FAQ: How can I book a DVD or video to show in class?
Embedding a video directly into your course is a visually attractive way to offer your students an overview of the course material. However, not all streaming services offer the functionality, and in some cases the embed code may not work within MySeneca (BlackBoard).
Linking to a video is preferable if you want to keep your list of videos short or maintain a consistent way of access to the videos if your list contains titles that cannot be embedded.
Always test your streaming video code prior to use.
To obtain streaming video links that work, always use the links explicitly provided by the streaming service. Do not copy the URL from the browser's URL field. To ensure that the link works within MySeneca, always set the link to open in a new window.
Click on the "Share" button located underneath the video screen. Expand the "Options" link to customize the quality of the video or specify different start point.
If you find a streaming video from our library search, click on the "..." icon and use the "Permalink" from the to copy the persistent link.
Once you have the link of the video, follow the instructions on MySeneca's Help on how to add external links to add the streaming video link into your course. Make sure to set the link to "open in a new window."
Instructions for creating more direct persistent links to specific streaming video resources (Curio, Films on Demand, Kanopy, NFB etc.) offered by Seneca Libraries can be found at http://library.senecacollege.ca/Find_Articles/Purls.
YouTube provides BlackBoard Building Blocks that make it easy to embed their streaming videos into the course:
Many streaming platforms provide embed codes that work in MySeneca. In general, these are the steps to follow for embedding a video from the library:
*if you save the embed code before you add the prefix, you will have to add it twice to the embed code - Blackboard creates a second version of the embed code once you save it, and if the prefix only appears in the second version, the embedding will not work.