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Anthropology: UCSB Library: Films for Teaching

A guide for research in Anthropology, Archaeology, and related areas

Films for Teaching

In-Class Screening:

Films can be borrowed from the Library for in-class viewing,

Course Reserves:

Kanopy streaming licenses (1 year licenses) are available for individual films for Course Reserves/out-of-classroom viewing for courses of any size. Requests must be submitted by Faculty/Instructors via the Course Reserves systemThere is a limit of 9 films per instructor per quarter.

Films can be put on physical Course Reserves for students to borrow. There are media viewing stations in the Main Library and rooms in the Music Library for viewing VHS, DVD, and BluRay.

Film Purchases:

Faculty/Instructors, please contact your Subject Librarian or Course Reserves for assistance with film acquisitions for the Library collection.



Video Services Collection

For Faculty & Instructors:

Instructional Development also maintains a large video library in their Video Services department for classroom use, and to put on reserve for students in the Reserve Media Viewing Room in Kerr Hall.  For policy and use information, see their website:

Video Services Office
1126 Kerr Hall
phone: 805-893-3518

You can search the holdings of the ID Video Services Film & Video Collection online:

Need help? Ask us!

Placing a Course Reserves Video Request in Ares

If you are submitting your request through the Course Reserves platform, follow these steps;

1. Use your UCSB NetID and password to access the Course Reserves system.

screen capture of UCSB Login screen prompt for Ares system asking for UCSB Net ID and Password

2. Go to your Specific Course Number and then click on “Course Home
   screen shot of Ares system with "Course Home" and "Course Number" circled
3. On the next page, click on “Add Reserve Items.”
   screen capture of Ares step with "add course reserve items" option on the left circled
4. Where it says, “ What would you like to place on Course Reserves?” select "Video"
   screen capture of items that can be put on reserve with video (far right) circled

5. Next, you will see a request form. Complete the following required fields:

  • Title of the film
  • How will this item be supplied?
  • Notes - while this section is not required, it is very useful when ordering Kanopy because one can notate to Course Reserves staff, the number of students enrolled in the course and details about where the film can be purchased.
  • Provide the URL or details of where you found the link, for example “ Item is on Kanopy, the link is

  Ares course reserve for video form with Title, How will this be supplied, notes, and url fields selected.

6. After you provide all the required and crucial information, click the “Submit item” button. Your request will go into the Course Reserves processing queue.

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