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Guide to help use the Educational Films Collection

Streaming Films Policy

  • There is a limit of up to 5 streaming titles per course. If your course requires more than this limit, please contact the Educational Films Librarian.

  • Requested films must be required viewing for an entire class. We cannot provide several licensed films for optional viewing. In other words, the film(s) requested must be assigned for coursework. If your course and/or research needs require an alternative approach, please reach out to the Educational Films Librarian to discuss the circumstances.

  • Films need to be requested each semester for which they are required. This will ensure uninterrupted access and allow University Libraries to better track course related requests.


The Educational Film Collection at Thomas Cooper Library has an extensive collection of streaming films, DVDs, Blu-rays, and videotapes for classroom and educational uses. This collection includes many subject areas, including Anthropology, Humanities, History, Film Studies, Psychology, Sociology, English, etc.

To search for films, select "Find It @ USC Libraries" and enter your search terms. When presented with the search results, select "Resource Type" on the left side of the page and then select "Videos."

Tips for Searching

Search by Title- If you know the title of the film you want, do a title search in the catalog to find its availability and call number.

Search by Keyword- The best way to search for a DVD is by using a variety of keyword searches; not a subject search.

Search by Author- Use the Author search to find a specific director or actor's body of work.