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Films on Demand: Getting Started

What is Films on Demand?

Films on Demand provides over 7,000 curriculum-focused, streaming video titles from producers like Films for the Humanities and Sciences, PBS, A&E, History, ABCNews, BBC, NBC News, Shopware, Biography, National Geographic and others (brochure).

Where Do I Find Films on Demand?

HACC Libraries provides many ways to find Films on Demand:

  • From the Library home page, click on the "Books & Media" link in the left sidebar. Click on the "Films on Demand" link.
  • From the Electronic Resources (Databases) @ HACC Guide, scroll down the page to "Films on Demand" and click on the link.
  • From the Library catalog, type "Films on Demand" in the box next to Series and add any other search terms.

 

How Do I Find...?

Basic Searching Tips

  • The search box at the top of the Films on Demand page is set to search "Segments". Many videos are broken down into segments.

e.g. Title: Coaching in Hospitality ;  Segments: 1. Introduction to Coaching; 2. Getting Ready to Coach; 3. On the Job Coaching

  • If you want a full video title, change the drop down box to "Title" before you do a search.
  • Don't Know? Choose to search "Segments".

 

Still cannot find the video?

  • Put some keywords into the box (not the whole title or segment).
  • Search the Library Catalog. Type "Films on Demand" in the box next to Series and then add the title or segment in the Words / Phrase box.

Citing the Videos

We do not recommend the "Citation" option found under the video player. It does not provide the correct MLA 7th ed. style citation. Here are some examples for citing Films on Demand videos:

MLA Citation Style, 7th ed.

"Nomads: Salt Caravans of the Niger." Dir. Bettina Haasen. Scorpion TV, 2008. Films on Demand. Films Media Group. Web. 21 March 2012.

"Title of video." Director of video. Publisher, Date of Publication. Database name. Vendor. Publication Medium. Date of Access.

APA Citation Style, 6th ed.

Haasen, B. (Director). (2008). Nomads: Salt Caravans of the Niger.  [Video]. Retrieved from http://digitalfilms.com.

Director of video. (Director). (Date of Publication). Title of video. [Medium]. Retrieved from [URL address].

Can't find the name of the director of the video? Check the credits at the end of the video. Some films will not list a specific director. The publisher is located on the title page next to the summary. Ask a reference librarian if you need help!

Technical Requirements

Minimum requirements:

  • Web Browser
    • IE 6.0+, FireFox 2.0+, Safari 3.0+
    • Session cookies enabled
    • Javascript enabled
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0+, Windows Media Player 9.0+, Quicktime Player 6.0+
  • Internet Connectivity: Cable modem or faster
  • Screen Resolution: 800x600 minimum
  • Sound card with speakers

For more complete information on the technical requirements, please review the Films on Demand Technical Requirements.

Try the Troubleshooting Guide for HACC Users for more tips on connecting to HACC resources.

Closed Captioning

Is this video closed captioned?

  1. Go to the screen for the video you want to watch.
  2. Move your mouse over the screen to see the player controls.
  3. If you see "CC is off/on" on the upper right of the screen, then the video is closed captioned.

To Turn Closed Captioning On/Off

  1. Go to the screen for the video you want to watch.
  2. Move your mouse over the screen to see the player controls.
  3. On the upper right you will see words, "CC is off".
  4. Right click on the "CC is off" to change it to "CC is on".
  5. Right click on the "CC is on" to turn it off.

Personal Accounts

Create an account for yourself to save favorite videos.

To Create An Account

  1. From the Films on Demand site, click on the "Create Account" link in the upper right of the screen.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Click on the "Login" button.

 

To Sign In to Your Account

  1. From the Films on Demand site, click on the "Sign In" link in the upper right of the screen.
  2. Fill in the drop down box.
  3. Click on the "Login" button.

 

To Save Favorites

  1. From the Films on Demand site, sign in to your account.
  2. Do a search or browse for a video.
  3. At the screen for the title or segment, click on the "Add to Favorites" link under the video player.
  4. Either add to an existing folder or create a new Favorites folder (click on the button next to the box).
  5. A message will appear under the box "This item has been added."

 

To See Favorites

  1. From the Films on Demand site, sign in to your account.
  2. Click on the "Favorites" link at the top of the page.
  3. Use the menu on the left to limit selections to a particular folder.

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