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How to find videos
DVD, VHS, streaming & online

Search the library catalogue for videos (DVD, VHS and streaming videos)

To find DVD, VHS and selected streaming videos* in the library catalogue, enter keywords in the search box.

*Note: More streaming videos can be found directly in databases or on the web.
*Note: if you get too many hits in the library catalogue, click on Modify Search first to adjust your keywords, otherwise the video format will be lost.

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Where are the videos located?

DVD/VHS videos are available from the Circulation Desks at the Webster and Vanier Libraries. Streaming videos can be accessed from computers on and off campus.

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Searching by director, producer, actor or production company

Step 1: Search by Author in the library catalogue.

  • Producers, directors, writers and main performers may be searched as authors in the library catalogue, for example:
    • Hitchcock, Alfred
    • Spielberg, Steven
    • Hepburn, Katharine
  • Production companies may also be searched as authors in the library catalogue, for example:
    • National Film Board of Canada
    • Vidéographe
    • Paramount Pictures

Step 2: From the results page, click on Limit Search and select the appropriate material type (example: Video (DVD), Video (VHS/Beta), Video (Streaming)). You may select multiple material types by holding down the CTRL button.

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Searching by title or series

Step 1: Search by Title in the library catalogue.

  • Search by title if the exact title is known, for example:
    • An inconvenient truth
    • Maltese falcon
    • Manufacturing consent
  • A series title can also be searched as a title, for example:
    • Portrait of an artist
    • Films for Humanities

Step 2: From the results page, click on Limit Search and select the appropriate material type (example: Video (DVD), Video (VHS/Beta), Video (Streaming)). You may select multiple material types by holding down the CTRL button.

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Searching by genre, technique or form

Step 1: Search by Subject in the library catalogue.

  • Search by subject heading to find works by genre, technique or form, for example:
    • Adventure films
    • Animated films
    • Children's films
    • Comedy films
    • Documentary films
    • Experimental films
    • Feature films
    • Horror films
    • Musicals
    • Silent films
  • Closed-captioned materials is listed under the subject heading "Video recordings for the hearing impaired."

Step 2: From the results page, click on Limit Search and select the appropriate material type (example: Video (DVD), Video (VHS/Beta), Video (Streaming)). You may select multiple material types by holding down the CTRL button.

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Searching by topic

A. When the producer, director or title is not known, search by keyword to find relevant material.

Step 1: Do an Advanced Keyword Search in the library catalogue.

  • Examples
    • canada and history
    • women and biography
    • ("world war" or "vietnam war") and not "feature films"

Step 2: Click on Limit Search and select the appropriate material type (example: Video (DVD), Video (VHS/Beta), Video (Streaming)). You may select multiple material types by holding down the CTRL button.

B. If you have identified an appropriate Library of Congress subject heading, use it to find relevant films and documentaries.

Step 1: Search by Subject in the library catalogue.

  • Examples
    • Indians of North America
    • Civil rights
    • Trudeau, Pierre Elliott

Step 2: From the results page, click on Limit Search and select the appropriate material type (example: Video (DVD), Video (VHS/Beta), Video (Streaming)). You may select multiple material types by holding down the CTRL button.

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To view a complete list of videos and DVDs

  • Do an Advanced Keyword Search in the library catalogue
  • Enter "*" (one asterisk) in the search box
  • Click on Limit Search and select the appropriate material type. You may select multiple material types by holding down the CTRL button)
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Moving Image Resource Centre (Faculty of Fine Arts)

Videos and other media items are also available from the Faculty of Fine Arts' Moving Image Resource Centre.

Contact 514-848-2424, ext. 3445 for more information.

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Finding online videos using databases

Access is Restricted to Concordia Users - Access to the following resources is restricted to Concordia users.

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Finding free online videos on the Web

Here is a brief listing of some free Web sites offering access to online videos on a variety of subjects.

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page last updated on: Thursday 14 September 2017
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