The Library in Your Course: Video, eBooks, Tutorials and More

Nara Newcomer, Head, Music/Media Library,
How do you ensure your students have seamless access to that ebook, streaming video, or article pdf? Whether you’re teaching 100% online or assigning homework so you can use your face-to-face time more effectively, the library is here to help!

The simplest and best option: link to one of nearly two million library licensed online resources. To find content for your subject area, go to UMKC Libraries’ subject list of databases and select your subject area.umkclibraries
Tip: to find video, primary sources, and more, scroll down “Databases by Type.”
Tip: Most ebooks are listed in the library catalog. Let a librarian know if you are assigning an ebook to your class and we’ll make sure multiple students can use the ebook simultaneously.
Tip: Always link to the sources rather than downloading and posting a pdf. This ensures you do not violate any licensing restrictions and that your students’ use is counted. Look for a “permalink,” or “stable URL” rather than use the link in your browser address bar.

Video presents challenges in the online classroom, especially when moving a face-to-face classroom online. In a face-to-face classroom, you can show any legally acquired video. Online, your rights are much more limited.

  • The two safest options are: 1) using video you created, or 2) linking to video legally posted online
  • The library licenses some films, most listed in the library catalog.
  • The library can license additional films when they are available and budget allows. We have two collections of videos readily available for licensing: feature films from Digital Campus and more academically oriented video from Kanopy. From within either collection, submit a request and a librarian will be in touch about licensing options.
  • Need another film? Use our video request form or email and a librarian will be in touch with you to discuss options.

When your online students need research help, the library is here to guide them virtually:

These are only the highlights of library resources and service for online faculty and students. For more, see The Library in Your Online Course (presentation slides used for UMKC Online Course Certification), visit or contact your librarian!