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Audio, Video, and Image Databases: Kanopy MEF Videos

Tips on how to search the library's multimedia databases and incorporate them into your courses.

 About MEF

Kanopy contains content from the Media Education Foundation (MEF), which "produces and distributes documentary films to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media."


Kanopy/Media Education Foundation Collection

Kanopy, a collection of 150+ streaming videos, supports the LPC curriculum by providing access to some of the library's most frequently requested documentaries such as:

  • Tough Guise
  • Killing Us Softly
  • Dream Worlds
  • White Like Me

Other subject areas include arts, health, social issues, media/communications, science, and the humanities.

 Creating an Account

Create a user account if you want to save any videos in a playlist for easier retrieval later.

Click Sign In located on the upper right corner of any Kanopy page.

On the log in page, select  Create a Kanopy account.

However, you do not need to create an account or profile to simply search/browse or view videos. 

Searching and Browsing

BROWSE (2 options): 

1. Scroll through the homepage to see the thumbnail images of the films.

2. To browse available titles by subject, click on any of the areas listed under Videos by Subject under the Kanopy logo.  For example, scroll over Media/Comm to expand the category to see narrower subjects.

SEARCH:  You can search by title or keyword by typing to the search field.

Keeping your search terms broad is a good idea. For example, gender or race.

Viewing Videos

To watch a video, click on a video title, image, or play button.

Once you are in the video page, click the play icon under video screen. 

Close captioning is available for most videos.  Look for the "CC" icon below the video screen.

Creating Playlists and Making Clips

You can add a full video or custom video clips to a playlist. 

Click on the Playlist/Clip button below the video screen. 

NEW PLAYLIST: Type in the required info such as your name, email, and playlist title.

EXISTING PLAYLIST: If you an exisiting playlist that you want to add to, sign in on the upper right.  Choose Your Playlists to View or  Edit.

When you are in the playlist, you can rearrange the order of the clips you have made and add notes.

Instructions for Making Playlists and Clips (pdf)

Sharing or Embedding Links

To put the entire video in any document, website, or Canvas course, copy and paste the title URL from your browser's location bar.


To put a playlist or clips in any document, website, or Canvas course, be sure to click on the playlist.  Then copy and paste the title URL located in browser location bar OR the one that was emailed to you when you created/updated your playlist. 


In Canvas, use the Link function to add the URL.*

*Students and faculty accessing this link from off campus will be required to log in with their W# and library password.