Kanopy Presentation Outline
NARRATOR: Hello, my name is Gina Centineo and welcome to the Donnelly Library’s video demonstration of the video streaming service known as Kanopy. Today, I will guide you through this new video streaming service, explain how to locate Kanopy on the library website, and demonstrate best practices for searching on Kanopy.
What is Kanopy?
NARRATOR: First, let’s explain what Kanopy is. Kanopy is a video streaming service designed for libraries and universities. It specializes in independent films, documentaries, and educational videos. Kanopy includes over 300,000 streamable videos, including classic films such as the Criterion Collection, the Great Courses Series, and more.
NARRATOR: If you are not already aware, the website URL is www.nmhu.edu/library. On the library’s main page locate the Databases By Title link. This will direct you to the Donnelly Library’s databases collection. You will find that databases can be located quickly by using the alphabetical links in the center of the webpage. Use these to navigate to the databases starting with K and Kanopy will be the first option available.
NARRATOR: Once on Kanopy you will notice that it has an interface similar to other streaming services. Kanopy facilitates easy browsing with side-scrolling collections of their newest and most popular films and documentaries.
NARRATOR: Before we explore searching in Kanopy, I want to draw your attention to the sigh up and login options. Signing up allows you to create an individual account that stays with you across devices. You do not have to create an account to view videos, but doing so grants you access to additional features such as the ability to create a personal watch list. You can save videos later viewing or re-watching.
NARRATOR: You will also notice that Kanopy facilitates easy browsing with side-scrolling collections of their newest and most popular films and documentaries.
NARRATOR: At the top of the page, you will find the Browse feature. Navigating the cursor over it prompts a drop-down menu that allows you to view videos by subject. Alternatively, click Browse in order to view all subjects and categories on a separate webpage.
NARRATOR: Finally, you can use the search bar at the top of the page to create more specified searches. Kanopy’s search box allows for keyword searching and can be used to search for locating specific topics, film titles, or people.
NARRATOR: While Kanopy does not provide an advanced search option, there are techniques we can use to refine our search queries.
NARRATOR: First, Kanopy supports the use of Boolean Operators. The words AND, OR, and NOT can be used to expand or narrow the search query.
NARRATOR: You can use AND to search for two or more terms at once. For example, searching for psychology AND children will provide videos that contain both children and psychology in the video’s transcript, title, or subject listing.
NARRATOR: You can use NOT to exclude certain terms form your search results. By searching for history NOT military, you can retrieve videos that only contain the word history and exclude any videos containing military at the same time.
NARRATOR: An additional tool for searching on Kanopy is parentheses. Parentheses allow us to search for exact phrase. For example, a search query for the term “United Kingdom” when placed in parentheses will retrieve videos that contain the words “united kingdom” exactly as presented in the search.
NARRATOR: Finally, wildcard searches allow us to search for variant spellings of searched terms. Placing an asterisk within the searched term serves as a placeholder for multiple variant spellings of the term. By placing an asterisk in the searched term wom*n, we retrieve both the word woman and the variant plural spelling of women.
NARRATOR: This concludes today’s presentation on Kanopy. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 505-454-3401 or stop by the reference desk. Thank you for your time and happy searching.