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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Streaming video and other media at the Lloyd Sealy Library: Streaming Video

Our streaming collections include Films on Demand (Infobase),  AVON / Academic Videos Online (ProQuest/Alexander Street), selected documentaries from Docuseek Sage Criminology and Criminal Justice videos, Sage Research Methods videos, and Film Platform (contemporary documentaries); and a very few videos specifically requested by JJ professors for curricular support on Kanopy and on Swank.  Questions? Requests? Please email media librarian esexton at

Many of our videos are discoverable with OneSearch but not all.  Off-campus authentication for all streaming videos is by way of John Jay email ID and password. 

Criminology & Criminal Justice Videos (Sage)

Do you have a Netflix account?

Netflix permits educational screenings of certain documentaries which can be shown in class via personal accounts.  Note Netflix does not provide institutional accounts; the Library does not have its own Netflix account.   In summer 2021, Netflix listed over three thousand  documentaries available for educational screening - including those listed below.  Netflix does not sell their content on DVDs. 


Audrie and Daisy

Chasing Coral

Cuba and the Camerman


Five Came Back



Into the Inferno

One of Us

Saving Capitalism

Strong Island

The Ivory Game

The White Helmets

Winter on Fire


Seeing Allred

Take Your Pills

Mercury 13

Bobby Kennedy for President

End Game

Evil Genius


Recovery Boys

Follow This

Films On Demand (Infobase)


Large collection of documentaries, dramas, and newsreels from Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, PBS, National Geographic, NOVA, BBC and more. Videos may play best in the Chrome browser.  Content may change slightly from semester to semester: the vendor removes & adds some titles every quarter (there may be a lag time in updating catalog records). We license this collection on a year-by-year basis.

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Of special note

AVON Academic Video Online (Alexander Street/Proquest)

Alexander Street

About AVON ( Library news blog).

NOTES: Most AVON titles are discoverable with  OneSearch.    We license AVON on a year-by-year basis.   AVON includes content we formerly accessed as discrete collections, listed below:

Swank Motion Pictures

 Titles are streamed for 12 months from our initial licensing date. Please go to Swank platform to browse currently available content. Titles listed below are active as of 25 January 2023. Expiration dates are listed in file above.


Swank titles at John Jay, March 2024
A Soldier's Story
American Buffalo
City of God
Dead Man Walking
Do the Right Thing
Double Indemnity
Fruitvale Station
Get Out
In Cold Blood
Judas and the Black Messiah
Our Brand Is Crisis
Paths of Glory
Pulp Fiction

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Roger and me

She Said
The Accused
The Burning Bed
The Hunger Games
The Pawnbroker
The Road
The Thing
Touch of Evil
West Side Story

Faculty wishing to request additional titles for curricular support, please email the media librarian esexton at 


FIlm Platform



Many Kanopy titles are already available to the John Jay community in other databases. Use the OneSearch discovery tool on the library homepage to search for the title you require.  Limit the results to “videos” for efficiency.
We will purchase a 12 month license to view a specific Kanopy title if needed by faculty for use in their classes, if we have funds available.   Faculty may request Kanopy titles by sending an email to the media librarian  Ellen Sexton  esexton at

New York, Brooklyn & Queens Public Libraries ceased providing access to Kanopy on 1 July, 2019.  John Jay curtailed access to Kanopy services in  spring 2018, for financial reasons. Here is an overview of Kanopy's business model

Internet film sources - openly accessible content and/or discovery tools.

Academic Conferences and Lectures:

Academic Earth features over 5,000 lectures from top rate Universities across the country on many topics and disciplines. Entire courses are offered as are playlists of videos on various topics.

iBioSeminars A project of the American Society for Cell Biology, this site features lecture-style videos reported by scientists and edited by science writers, which provide contemporary biological information and cutting edge developments.

MicrobeWorld created in response to public concerns about bioterrorism and other risks by the American Society for Microbiology, this site features podcasts and videos that teach microbiology and the impact of microorganisms on human culture.


Documentary, historic and art film archives:

ARTE  Cultural programming from Europe in English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Italian.  Please note not all content will play in the U.S.

Black Film Archive A living register of Black films showcasing Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming.  Good for discovering titles, often links to open content. 

European Film Gateway  Historical footage from 38 film archives across Europe.  Notable for significant World War 1 footage. 

Europeana Collections  cultural heritage from European archives, libraries and museums. 

Folkstreams.  "The films on Folkstreams were produced by independent filmmakers. These documentaries focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different kinds of communities".

Gif It Up   Winning art from an annual gif-making competition for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material.

Internet Archive  moving image collection contains thousands of digital movies, uploaded by Archive users, which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, cartoons and concerts.

Library of Congress films and videos.  Films from the 20th century, especially early films.  Incudes the National Screening Room titles. 

National Film Board of Canada has a large collection of full length documentary, educational and independent films.

PBS offers episodes from several of its popular series like NOVA, American Experience, and Masterpiece (selected episodes change from time to time so you can't assume they'll be available throughout a given semester).

Snag Films advertising-supported documentary and Independent films. 

TED Talks   short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), devoted to spreading ideas.  

UbuWeb  Avant-garde performances, including visual, concrete and sound poetry,  film and sound art mp3 archives. 

WGBH Openvault  unique and historically important content produced by public television and radio.