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How to find videos
DVD, VHS, streaming & online

Medial

Browse Medial, our in-house streaming platform for feature films, shorts, documentaries and experimental videos acquired by Concordia Library. Log in with your netname and password.

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Search the Sofia Discovery tool (DVD, VHS and streaming videos)

To find DVD, VHS and selected streaming videos* in the Sofia Discovery tool, enter keywords in the search box.


*Note: More streaming videos can be found directly in databases or on the web.

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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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Online video databases

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

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Free online videos

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

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Visual Collections Repository (VCR), Faculty of Fine Arts

Videos and other media items are also available in Concordia's Visual Collections Repository (VCR).

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

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Searching by director, producer, actor or production company

Step 1: Search by Author on the Advanced Search screen in the Sofia Discovery tool.

Selecting Author search index in Sofia Discovery tool advanced search
  • 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: On the results screen, in the Format filter on the left hand side of the screen, select the appropriate material type (example: DVD Video, eVideo, VHS Video).

Limiting to video format in Sofia Discovery tool search results
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Searching by title or series

Step 1: Search by Title on the Advanced Search screen in the Sofia Discovery tool.

Selecting Title search index in Sofia Discovery tool advanced search
  • 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: On the results screen, in the Format filter on the left hand side of the screen, select the appropriate material type (example: DVD Video, eVideo, VHS Video).

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Searching by genre, technique or form

Step 1: Do a genre index search in the Sofia Discovery tool.

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

Step 2: On the results screen, in the Format filter on the left hand side of the screen, select the appropriate material type (example: DVD Video, eVideo, VHS Video).

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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 a Keyword Search in the Sofia Discovery tool.

  • Examples
    • canada AND history
    • women AND biography
    • ("world war" OR "vietnam war") NOT "feature films"

Step 2: On the results screen, in the Format filter on the left hand side of the screen, select the appropriate material type (example: DVD Video, eVideo, VHS Video).

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B. If you have identified appropriate subject terms, use them to find relevant films and documentaries.

Step 1: Search by Subject on the Advanced Search screen in the Sofia Discovery tool.

Selecting Subject search index in Sofia Discovery tool advanced search
  • Examples
    • Inuit
    • Civil rights
    • Trudeau, Pierre Elliott

Step 2: On the results screen, in the Format filter on the left hand side of the screen, select the appropriate material type (example: DVD Video, eVideo, VHS Video).

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To view a complete list of videos and DVDs

  • Enter * (one asterisk) in the Sofia Discovery tool search box
  • On the results screen, in the Format filter on the left hand side of the screen, select the appropriate material type (example: DVD Video, eVideo, VHS Video). Limiting to video format in Sofia Discovery tool search results
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Updated: Tuesday 14 July 2020
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