Streaming Video Resources (or Let's Watch a Movie)

If you enjoy watching movies -- especially documentaries, indie and foreign films, or classics -- there are two online resources available in the UW catalog well worth exploring.

Kanopy streams "thoughtful entertainment" to over 3,000 higher education campuses worldwide. With its Netflix like platform, Kanopy's colorful website will immediately pique your interest in its film collection. There are more than 26,000 films and videos in the Kanopy database. Browse subject categories or search for films by title or keywords.  The Law & Criminal Justice section alone includes over 400 videos for your viewing pleasure.

Docuseek2 is another streaming platform which hosts documentary, social issue films, and videos.  Topics in this database range from agriculture to world regions.  There are more than 100 films listed in the Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies category. 

Looking for a specific film, like the tort reform documentary "Hot Coffee"?  Start with a title search in the UW catalog where holdings for Kanopy and Docuseek2 are linked.  Both of these streaming resources provide detailed descriptions for the movies on their sites, plus critics' reviews or star ratings, and complete credits.  And whenever these films are needed for instructional purposes, register with the vendors to utilize special features such as playlists, clips, embedding, and creating a watch list for future viewing.

For exceptional film content and easy accessibility, try Kanopy or Docuseek2 to watch a movie. 


Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on October 5, 2016

This article appears in the categories: Law Library

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