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Films on Demand Database: Finding Titles
& Segments

Browsing Collections

The Films on Demand homepage allows you to browse featured collections including Most Popular, Recently Added, Featured Producers, Subjects, and more. Click the arrow next to the displayed titles or the "View All" link to browse collections.

Films on Demand homepage showing an image and link to featured videos.


The Menu in the top left also allows you to browse by subject and producer. The "Calendar" option shows videos relating to specific historical or awareness events in any given month.

Screen shot  FOD homepage menu options in upper left corner of database.

Searching Options

Enter your search term (either keyword or specific title) in the search box at the top of the homepage. The Advanced Search link allows you to further customize your search.

Screen shot of search box in the films on demand database


Your results list will show segments or titles with your search term(s) listed at the top in red and in your search results bolded. Results are sorted by relevance, but different sorting criteria is available in the dropdown menu. Filters on the right allow you to further narrow your search.

Search results screen in films on demand showing relevance drop-down menu and filter choices on the right.

The Advanced Search link gives you the ability to target your search, including only seeing results that include Closed Captioning, which is required if you plan to embed the video into your online classroom or make it a required element for your students. Some advanced searching options include:

  • Searching using Boolean operators
  • Searching for specific types of content (e.g. documentaries)
  • Limiting by subject, producer, copyright date, or closed captioning

Screen Shot FOD advanced search

Most of your search results are segments of videos (usually 2-5 minutes), not the full-length film. The title of the full film is listed below the segment. A limiter on the right (Format - Full Titles) allows you to filter results to show only full-length films that contain your search term(s).

FOD screen shot showing segment title and full-length title of search results