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A guide for research related to film studies

Where to Find Films

A thorough treatment of streaming media services, questions, and considerations can be found in the Library's Streaming Media LibGuide.

Below is a selection subscription-based streaming video services offered through FSU Libraries. A complete list of streaming video platforms can be found here.

Note: For titles that require the acquisition of a new streaming license (e.g. materials in Swank & Kanopy), the Library cannot currently grant access to specific titles requested by students. If you are a faculty member and would like to request access to a specific title for course instruction, please submit these through the Materials Purchase Suggestion Form. You may also reach out to your Subject Librarian with any questions regarding access to streaming video content.

The Swank interface provides some useful information and tools for sharing content with your students.  The date circled in red in the image below indicates the date through which FSU users will have access to the title (it is possible to renew the license simply by making a new reserves request). The buttons circled in blue will provide you with direct links you can share with your students and embed codes that will embed the viewer in your Canvas course page.

Screenshot of the film Moonlight; the "licensed through" date is circled in red and the "Copy Direct Link" and "Copy LMS Link" buttons are circled in blue.

         Some notable collections for Film Studies in FOD:

  • The American Cinema Series - 13-part documentary series exploring film history and American culture through the eyes of over 150 Hollywood insiders, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Eisner.
  • RetroFilm Archive - A collection 60+ films from all over the world. Genres range from Film Noir to Classic Hollywood to science-fiction and classic literary adaptations.

Can't find a title streaming through FSU?

Search the title in JustWatch or Reelgood to see if it is available on other commercial services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple Play, Roku, and more.

See the spreadsheet of Open Streaming Video Resources below for more platforms and curated lists of content. Access the spreadsheet in Google Sheets here.

Strozier Library currently houses two different DVD collections:

  1. The Open DVD Collection (located on the Main Level and adjacent to the Service Desks) contain popular titles that can be checked out by any current FSU student, faculty or staff member. These are available for 3-day loan and can be taken out of the Library.
  2. The Multimedia Collection (located on the Lower Level) contains 4,000+ titles on DVD and VHS that can be used for research and instruction. Faculty members may check items out for a 3-day loan or place items on reserve for student use. Students are currently not permitted to check-out these materials, they must be viewed in the Library.

Ways to watch DVD and VHS material @ The Library

  1. VHS
    • There are viewing stations with VHS equipment located on the Lower Level of Strozier. Please speak with a Front Desk Attendant to secure access to these viewing stations.
  2. DVD
    • There are viewing stations with DVD equipment located on the Lower Level of Strozier. Please speak with a Front Desk Attendant to secure access to these viewing stations.
    • Laptops with optical disc-drives capable of playing DVDs are available for check-out in addition to USB-compadible DVD players. Please refer to the Technology Center Equipment page to check the scope, availability, and policies for renting equipment from FSU Libraries.
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