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Films on Demand: Films on Demand User Guide

An introductory guide to the Films on Demand video database.

Films on Demand Help

There are many different ways to utilize and share Films on Demand material. The following are just a few links to help make using Films on Demand even more rewarding:

Introduction to Films on Demand

Films on Demand (FOD) provides educational video content in the areas of education, communication, psychology, sociology, English language & literature, criminal justice, political science, science, geography, history, etc. Video content is fully linkable and searchable, and can be accessed from on or off campus.

Use the links in the box to the left to get more aquainted with Films on Demand.

Create a user account in Films on Demand to take advantage of its many features:

  • creating and sharing playlists
  • saving videos for later access

Follow the "Create an Account" link at the top right corner of the FOD homepage. 

A word about Copyright

It is illegal to break the encryption code that are present on most DVD's. Harvard Law has published a white paper, The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Materials in the Digital Age -- A foundational White Paper, available in its entirety at:

In order to use a DVD in D2L you have to break the Digital Rights Management encryption on DVDs so in William W. Fisher & William McGeveran's words "...educators are potentially vulnerable to civil or even criminal penalties if they interfere with whatever technological restrictions rights holders choose to impose on the use of content [of DVD's]."

Films on Demand has granted us the rights to use these videos for NSU educational purposes without any red tape or threat of legal action.


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Adapted from Films on Demand Help Guide by Joann Janosko Indiana University of Pennsylvania .

Library Resources

NSU Campus Resources

Contact Information

Williams Library
Northern State University
1200 S. Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD, USA 57401
Phone: (605) 626-2645