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CEHHS Faculty - Research Help & Library Services

A guide for faculty in the College of Education, Health & Human Services about requesting research instruction and using library services.

What is Kanopy?

Kanopy is a video streaming platform that offers easy access to foreign and feature films, documentaries, and instructional videos. 

Films in Kanopy can be viewed by any authorized UM-Dearborn user, and can be screened for a group providing the group is made up entirely of authorized UM-Dearborn users and no admission is charged for the screening. 

Authorized UM-Dearborn users include currently registered students, faculty, and staff. UM-Dearborn Alumni are not currently considered authorized users for the purposes of accessing library databases. 

Kanopy statement on copyright

More information about what constitutes legal streaming through Kanopy is available here. 

See also the University's policy on "Video Use in Online Classes" and the "Campus Policy for Commercial Videos."

Creating links from Kanopy

To create links to films in Kanopy:

  • Navigate to the film you wish to link to
  • Click on the "Share" button just below the title of the film
  • Copy the entire URL from the "Share Link" box
  • Paste the URL into the document, email, etc. where you wish to insert the link
  • Add the library "proxy link" to the front of the URL you are linking to without any spaces. The proxy link is as follows:
  • Your final URL should look something like this:url example

Viewing Kanopy videos from any device

First, make sure the machine you are viewing videos from meets the minimum technical requirements.

To view your video:

  • Click on the link provided by your professor, or click on the link for Kanopy in the library catalog
  • Enter your uniquname and password when prompted by the UM Weblogin page
  • If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your library PIN (more information about setting or re-setting your library PIN can be found here)
  • Logging in to the Kanopy website will take you to the main page. Type the title of the film you are looking for in the search bar across, or browse by subject (upper left of screen)
  • Direct links to videos will take you to the main page for that title. The main page will feature a viewing window with a play button and information related to the video (scroll down to view)

    play button

  • Press the play button to start the video. It may take a minute or two to load depending on your internet connection speed
  • Turn on subtitles, adjust the audio, make the viewing window full screen, or advance the film using the controls at the bottom of the viewing window

Viewing videos through the Kanopy app

Kanopy also offers an app for iOS, Android, and Roku. To use the app, you must first sign up for a Kanopy user profile using your UMICH email address.

Check that your device meets the minimum technical requirements to stream video through the Kanopy app. 

Creating a profile is free, but not necessary if viewing videos through your web browser on a mobile device.

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