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Integrating Library Resources into Blackboard - A Guide for Faculty

Find digital media

Our Media Research Guide will help you find great digital media resources for your course.

Please note that while some resources listed in the Media Research Guide are free and open to the public, licensed resources require authentication via a proxy server or VPN client.

Please follow directions for linking to OhioLINK resources (see the box below) as a general guideline for linking to licensed resources. Unless access through a VPN client is strongly recommended, (for example, for videos), attach the proxy server prefix
( in front of the permanent URL.

Link to Videos in Kanopy

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides 12 million students and faculty with access to more than 26,000 films each year. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.

  • Identify a video in the Kanopy database.
  • Under the film screen click the "Share/Embed" button.
  • The "Share" option displays social media icons and the permanent URL.
  • Copy the persistent link and paste it into Blackboard.

Kanopy sharing options: link

As you can see, you can also share the links in social media. Note that any film shared on social media or otherwise will still be protected by UC Libraries' on- and off-campus authentication systems.

Add a link to an OhioLINK digital video or image

The OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons DRC) is located at You can link to this page or to the pages of individual collections, for example, Educational and Instructional Videos (

If you want to link to a record for an individual image or video title, search or browse for it in the appropriate database. Look for the permanent link.

Copy and paste the URL into your course page.

Note: Please let students know that they should use the VPN client to access videos from off-campus locations. UC VPN information.

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