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Video can help you understand a topic better, whether it's a short clip from a newsreel or a feature-length documentary. This tab will help you find videos in the library catalog that you can check out or watch in the library, use Films on Demand streaming video, and find free video to watch online.

Films on Demand

Films On Demand is a web-based digital video delivery platform that allows you to view streaming educational videos anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Users who create an account can organize and bookmark clips, share playlists and store quick links to favorite videos.

Off-campus access to Films on Demand is restricted to members of the JCTC community. You will use the same username/password that is required for email or Blackboard access.

Finding video in the library catalog

 To find DVDs and videorecordings that the library owns, you'll need to use Primo.

To find film versions, enter your search terms in the Primo box and hit enter. Once you have your results list, use the filters on the side of the page to limit Resource Type to Audio Visual and Location to Jefferson CTC. For instance, a search of animals limited to the Location of Jefferson CTC - Downtown Campus - Book Stacks and Jefferson CTC - Downtown Campus - Browsing Videos would produce results including:

  • Babe 
  • Life on Earth 
  • A Question of Respect : A Production of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Some of the movies in the library's collection might not have as much value as a resource for your paper, but they might provide anecdotal examples or images for a presentation. Which of the movies above is likely to fall into this category?

Educational videos free online

This list contains links to educational programming that can be watched online or downloaded.