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Embedding Library Resources in Canvas: Alexander Street

This guide is designed for LAVC faculty interested in adding Library resources into their Canvas courses

What is Alexander Street (aka Academic Video Online/AVON)?

Alexander Street is a multidisciplinary streaming video database with more than 62,000 titles curated for higher education. It includes a range of scholarly video material including: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, demonstrations, original and raw footage. Like our other databases, it can be found on the Library's A-Z database page, and will require a login to access from off-campus.

However, Alexander Street video is easily embedded in Canvas, with no UIA login required. Read on to learn how....

Adding Alexander Street videos to Canvas

In your Canvas Rich Text Editor, there should be a small icon that reads “Apps” when you hover over it. It looks like a plug. Click the icon, open the menu, and look for Alexander Street Video (the list is alphabetical, so it should be near the top).

Hint: If this your first time first time accessing Alexander Street, you will need to click "View All."

view all


Alexander Street Video in app menu

From there, a search interface should pop up. Search for the video you want and then choose the embed option you prefer (medium or large). The video will embed automatically.

embedded AVON video

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