Third-party video resources

There are many sites that you might want to search for multimedia content. Following is a list of some resources you may want to consider. When requiring students to access videos, be sure to look for captions or transcripts. Some of these sites will provide captions or transcripts, some will not. Captioned videos are the best for all parties. Transcripts are not ideal for accessibility and only considered acceptable for online courses when the video is strictly a talking head video. Linking to transcripts in addition to a captioned video is a good practice (not required) as many students may have a learning style that works better with a transcript. See more information on accessibility considerations for third party multimedia on the Multimedia Accessibility page on this site.


The SRJC Libraries have an extensive streaming media collection hosted on several platforms. All streaming films are captioned. The best way to look up films by title or topic is by searching Smart Search.

  • Films on Demand - SRJC has a subscription to this database of award-winning digital streaming educational videos.  
  • Kanopy, Swank, Other Platforms - SRJC has licensed selected films on these streaming media platforms. 
    • Faculty can request films available on Swank or Kanopy by submitting a request form, subject to budget considerations. 
    • Requests are purchased based on available funds in the limited annual budget. 
    • Most requested film licenses expire one year from purchase date. 
    • Instructors are responsible for requesting renewal of titles as they expire.

Contact a Library Liaison for help with browsing and selecting course-relevant titles. 

Web-Based Video Resources

  • Academic Earth - Free online courses and video lectures from the world’s top scholars, has transcripts of their video content.
  • Brightstorm - Short-form video library of Math, Science, and English, has transcripts.
  • Khan Academy - Has interactive transcripts that highlight as the words are spoken.
  • PBS - Content constantly changes, NOVA and Frontline content put online, currently aired shows will have captions.
  • TED - Presentations by the world’s leading thinkers, has subtitles.
  • Howcast - How-to-videos with transcripts.
  • YouTube EDU - Free lectures from more than one hundred colleges and universities. 
  • YouTube Research Channel - More Educational content on YouTube.
  • Coursera - Free Educational courses.
  • Big Think - Videos from a wide range of disciplines.
  • WatchKnowLearn - free educational videos for K-12 but good refresher.

Any of these sites that utilize YouTube and their automated captions may have subpar captions. They are a starting point but instructors will need to watch and determine for themselves if they are acceptable.

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