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Adding Content to your Courses

Mary Baldwin's Copyright Policy

For more information about how Copyright affects the resources you use for your classes, see our Copyright Guide.

Course Reserves

The Library manages print reserves, primarily books from the library's collection or faculty copies and DVDs, while e-reserves are managed by faculty through Blackboard. To place an item on reserve, please contact Grafton's Access Services Coordinator or stop by the front desk of the library. Please allow at least 48 hours for items to be processed.

Video Resources

Grafton is excited to offer access to multiple video databases for your classroom use. You can show your students one or more segments in class or provide a link through Blackboard for them to watch on their own time. When providing students with an embedded video or link in Blackboard, it is a good practice to also give them the name of the video and the database where it can be found. This way, in case the link or embedded video doesn't work, students can navigate to the video on their own. 

If you have any problems adding content to your Blackboard classes, please contact a librarian. We're happy to help!

Films on Demand

Films on Demand boasts almost twenty thousand titles on a wide variety of subjects. It is important to note that if you use the URL in your address bar to link your students to a film of interest in Films on Demand, your students will be met instead with a confusing log-in page to which they do not have credentials. Avoid this by using the Title URL located below the video player. These permanent or stable URLs should reliably link your students to the material you wish for them to see.

It's always a good idea to provide your students with the title of the video you would like them to watch so that if they do encounter difficulties they can search Films on Demand from the resources on the library website. 


You can also embed Films on Demand videos into your electronic course material by copying and pasting the code exposed when you click Embed under the video player.

All titles are broken up into segments. Segments can be helpful if you have a specific portion of a video you would like to share with your class, but you do not want to waste valuable class time with the minutes of material prior to the portion you would like your students to see. Films on Demand also allows you to create custom segments. Custom segments are great for when your desired information is much smaller than the premade segments, or crosses multiple segments. 

To create a custom segment you must create an account in Films on Demand. This is free for you as a member of the Mary Baldwin Community. Find the My Films link in the upper right hand corner of your screen and use this drop down menu to create an account or log-in.

Once you have created an account, navigate to the video you would like to create a custom segment of, then click the Custom Segment button under the video viewer and set the start and end times of your custom segment.

You may need to refresh your page, but after you specify the beginning and end of your custom segment and click Create Segment, it should appear in the segment box to the right under custom segments.

Now, whenever you are logged in and viewing the video where you created your custom segment, it will be waiting for you. 

Kanopy Streaming

The Streaming collection of Media Education Foundations videos through Kanopy gives you instant access to some of MEF's most popular titles. Find the video you would like to share with your students and copy and paste the URL in the address bar at the top of your screen into an e-mail or Blackboard for your students. 

You can also embed an MEF video into Blackboard or other electronic course material by copying and pasting the code revealed when you click Embed under your video of choice.

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