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Faculty Services

What does the Library offer?


Access to 170+ databases with scholarly & academic content
Add the Library to your Canvas course in one simple step!
Embed videos and other content within Canvas (use "Tools - Apps")
Linked content that can also be made available in Canvas
"Reading List" tool in Canvas to simplify adding content

Video Databases

Films on Demand

Embed within Canvas using External Tool. Educational films and documentaries from BBC, PBS, HBO, NatGeo, and many more.

Academic Video Online

Embed within Canvas using External Tool. Over 35,000 full-length videos in over 20 disciplines.

Film Platform

Documentary films by some of the world's top international film-makers curated by film experts and leading academics.

Ambrose Streaming Video collection including BBC Shakespeare plays

100+ documentary and educational film series. Includes BBC productions of all 37 Shakespeare plays.

SWANK Streaming Video Library

Provides access to over 350 commercial motion pictures from mostly U.S-based studios.

Kanopy Streaming

Films and educational documentaries, featuring PBS, The Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, and others.

Add the Library to your Canvas Course

Add a Library Navigation button to your course in just a few simple steps. It makes it easy to connect your students to great library resources. And, we can even make a custom page for your students if you request an Orientation or Class Research Guide.

Embed Library Content Using the "Apps" Tools in Canvas

Use the "Tools - Apps" feature under the "plug" symbol (formerly, External Tools) in Canvas to embed videos and other library resources. For example, selecting Films On Demand opens a search for films by keyword. Search by topic or title, then select with the Embed button. Watch: Video on using Tools ("Apps") in Canvas.

Embed Kanopy Streaming Videos

Visit SWANK or Kanopy and locate the film you wish to link to or embed.


Embed (Recommended): To embed the video player in Canvas and play the video directly in Canvas, copy the embed code in the Share tool of Kanopy, then paste it in the Canvas "Embed" tool. 

Link: the link can be placed on Canvas pages, links will send the student to the Kanopy site after SURF id authentication.

Article and Book Databases

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Over 200,000 eBook titles from some of the world's top universities and commercial presses.

O'Reilly for Higher Education (eBooks and eVideos)

eBooks and eVideos on technology, math & science, digital media, IT, engineering and business. Formerly Safari Books Online.

Gale eBooks (GVRL Encyclopedias)

Contains eBooks, encyclopedias, and specialized sources for research in almost all subjects.

Oxford Reference Online

A full-text scholarly reference collection on all topics, containing ready-reference as well as the resources of the Oxford Companions.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Oxford Research Encyclopedias are a comprehensive collection of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on a range of topics written by scholars across all fields of study.

Gale Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile from Gale (Cengage Learning) is a comprehensive periodical database with peer-reviewed journal articles for any research topic.


A collection of downloadable ebooks and audiobooks available for 21 day checkout for viewing and listening on computers and mobile devices.

Sharing Library Resources: Linking and Proxy Server

Permalinks and the MiraCosta College Library Proxy Server

  1. Using Library Databases, locate the link to the article/eBook/etc you wish to link to (in your LMS, web page, an email, etc.)

  2. The link is usually labeled Stable URL, Permalink, or Bookmark (the Browser URL is not always the permalink)

  3. To ensure off-campus access, the URL must redirect through the MCC Proxy Server where users log-in with SURF id and password.

  4. If the URL already contains "" you do not need to modify the URL, just copy and paste the link.

  5. To add the proxy server redirect to the URL, follow one of the examples below.

  6. Example: 



How to Use Library Content

New Permalink instructions for O'Reilly Media Higher Education (Safari eBooks) below.