Films on Demand: Finding and Sharing Videos


This tutorial describes how to find and share videos available through Films on Demand, which is a collection of tens of thousands of educational videos that Hamilton Library subscribes to.

Some features of the Films on Demand service not covered in this video include how to set up your profile, how to create your own segments, and how to use the advanced search.

Films on Demand is accessed from the main library page, which is located at

Click on the Databases button on the right of the page.

In the “Search for Databases” field, enter “Films on Demand” and click on the “Go” button.

Click on the “Films on Demand” link.

Films on Demand includes both complete videos and segments taken from those videos.

If you click on the three horizontal lines on the top left of the web page, you can browse the collection by subject, by categories, and by featured producers.

To search for a video, you can use the Basic Search located near the top of the page.

There is also an Advanced Search, which can be accessed through the link to the right of the Basic Search box.

We will search for humpback whales.

There are 112 items in the results.  

Notice that the first entries are segments, which means that they are parts of full videos that are also available through Films on Demand.

If you only want to search for full videos, you can click on the “More Filters” menu and then click on the “All Formats” sub-menu.

Here, you can limit your search by selecting “Full Titles”.

Notice that there are now 53 items connected to humpback whales.

You can also limit the search to either videos from the web, which includes many TED Talks, or just videos from Films on Demand.

You can also limit the search to specific subjects such as Environmental Science.

The subjects in this list are generated from the subjects in the videos in your current found set.

Click on the Apply button to view the results.

There are now 16 items.

To get more information on a video, click on the title.

On the information page, you can watch the video, you can read the description, and you can look at the details for the film.

You can also explore the segments that have been taken from the full video.

In this case, we see that there is a segment of the film that talks about humpback whales feeding on capelin.

If we click on the segment, we are taken to roughly the 7 minute mark in the video.

Notice that this video has closed captions that can be turned on.

On this page, we can also share the link, either by an email that you would fill out or with the Embed/Link option.

In the Embed/Link option, you can copy the record URL, which would take people to the full video record, or you can copy the segment URL, which would take them to this specific segment.

You can also copy the Embed code, which can then be used if you want the video to appear directly on a web page.

You can embed Films on Demand videos into some of the tools in Laulima, including the Discussions and Private Messages tool and HTML documents in the Resources tool.

Unfortunately, embedding does not work with the Overview tool in Laulima.

In this case, we have created a new post in a discussion.

Click on the “Source” button and put the cursor where you want the video to appear.

Paste the embedding text that you had copied from Films on Demand.

There is currently a glitch in the embedding code when using Laulima.

There are two instances of http in the embedding code.

You must make sure that both of them are https rather than just http.

When you click the “Post” button, you will see the video as a post in the discussion.

When you are done copying the link or code, close the “Share To” window.

This concludes how to find and share videos from the Films on Demand resource at Hamilton Library.

Thank you for watching this video.

Please contact Brian Richardson at with any questions or comments.

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