Skip to Main Content

Faculty Resources & Services

A guide to the Bishop Library resources and services that are available to faculty.


The library provides access to streamed videos through:  AVON, Kanopy, and Swank.   Original documentaries in Netflix may also be streamed in the classroom.

AVON delivers over 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. More than 18,000 titles are exclusive.  

Kanopy provides movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain.  You'll need to set up an account to access this.  Films here are leased--yearly costs run from $$$$ to $$$. Requests for these films must be made to

Unfortunately, Netflix does not offer institutional accounts.  If you, the instructor, have a personal Netflix account, can you login and show a Netflix film in your classroom?   No.  Unless the film falls within Netflix's Original documentaries category.

Even though Federal Copyright Act does not require one to purchase public performance rights (17 U.S. Code § 110) for films used in face-to-face classroom or teaching activities, this copyright law is superseded by third-party agreements (i.e. Netflix Terms of Use). 

And Netflix's Terms of Use states:

"... any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household ... You agree not to use the service for public performances."

To find a Netflix documentary, search Netflix Original documentaries.  Make sure to look at the film's synopsis to ensure that the film contains GRANT OF PERMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS.

Disney, Apple, Prime, etc., etc., etc.

If your film/video is not offered within AVON, Kanopy, Netflix Original Documentaries, or Swank, the library cannot purchase the rights to that film.

Swank streams over 25,000 films, documentaries and TV shows. The library has a subscription to this service.

Embed | Canvas

  • In Canvas, create a page or assignment. 
  • Choose Edit. 
  • Click on the plug icon (it’s immediately to the right of the picture icon).  Type in Alexander Street, Choose Alexander Street Video.
  • Type your search criteria into the Alexander Street Video app, find your video.
  • Choose embed medium or large size.
  • Save your Canvas page or assignment.
  • Using the link you've received from the library, go to the Kanopy video.
  • Click on Share, Embed.  
  • Copy the code.
  • Go to your Canvas course.
  • Create a new page or assignment.  
  • Edit.  
  • Click on the </> symbol in the lower RH corner.  
  • Paste the Kanopy code into the text box.  
  • Save & Publish.