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Finding Videos: Linking and Embedding Videos

Linking to Streaming Video

The Library subscribes to several streaming video packages that are accessible via Search@UW or our Find Videos guide. When linking to these streaming videos make sure to follow these three recommendations to ensure the videos play properly.
  1. Use a persistent link
  2. Make sure the proxy information is included before  the URL so that off campus users are able to view (example:‚Äč)
  3. Set the link in Canvas to "open as an external resource" or in Canvas to "Load in a New Tab"
  4. For Films on Demand, use the External Tool to embed the video in Canvas.  
If you are unsure if you are using a correct link please contact the Reference Desk (715-346-2836).

Alexander Street Press Links

The persistent link for Alexander Street Press videos will be found underneath the video player area.  Select the Embed/Link option and then copy the link that appears below "Permalink to...."

Alexander Street Press Links


In Kanopy, the persistent link is found underneath the video play box.  Select the Share/Embed option and then copy the link that appears below Share Link.  Note, the Kanopy links do not contain the standard UWSP proxy information ( but rather an alternative string (

Kanopy links

Embedding Films on Demand Videos into Canvas

Follow the directions below to embed a Films on Demand video into a Canvas module or page.

  1. Within a module, click on the + and then select External Tool 
  2. Choose FIlms on Demand from the External Tool list
  3. Search Films on Demand for a keyword of your choice.
  4. From the search results screen, click the Embed dropdown arrow beside the video of your choice and select a size
  5. Add the Item
  6. Change the Films on Demand title to  include the title if the film you selected

Troubleshooting Online Videos

Unfortunately, online video links are notorious for not always working.  Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you.  If you continue to have problems please report your issue here.

  • Are you off campus?  If so, does the link include UWSP authentication information?  (i.e., or have uwsp embedded within the URL?
  • What browser are you using?  Try an alternate browser.  For example,  SWANK films work best in Chrome. Kanopy (and many other) films experience issues in Internet Explorer. If you are using a campus computer the default browser is Microsoft Edge.  Chrome can be found through a program search and Firefox can be downloaded from the Microsoft Service Center. If you experience problems installing an alternate browser on a campus computer contact the IT Service Desk (715-346-4357).
  • Are you using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet)? Try viewing on a desktop computer.  For example, SWANK films require the Digital Campus app to view on a mobile device.  Kanopy films require an account to view on a mobile device.
  • Are you accessing the link from a Microsoft product such as Word or PowerPoint?  It is a known issue that these products sometimes strip UWSP authentication information from Films on Demand titles.  Try copy and pasting the URL into a browser.
  • Still having issues?  Contact the Library Reference Desk