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Kanopy is best described as an academic version of Netflix.  Ok, so it doesn't have House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black, but it does have a fantastic mix of feature films and documentaries available to stream on-demand.  It's available on or off-campus from this link.  Off-campus login with your Moodle username and password  

Kanopy is available directly when in the College, and via Shibboleth when at home, in your office, on your laptop or on your mobile.

To access Kanopy via Shibboleth, click on the following link:

Users will be required to enter their Moodle username and password. The following is example of the log in screen.


Information can found on watching Kanopy on your mobile device on this page

Kanopy is an easy resource to search, with several different methods of navigation available to users.

Users can find an item by entering the name, subject or title in search box at the top of the homepage.  An example is captured below: 


Also this search box provides helpful suggestive tips depending on the search. An example is captured below: 


In order to complete more specific searches, click on the Magnifying  icon on the home page. An example of how to complete this process is captured below:


This will bring the user to the screen captured below. The user can apply more detailed searches using the terms circled on the left.




Users can access all content available on Kanopy. However we would recommend that users read the summary of film before streaming the item to ensure it meets their needs. Their is a screen shot of a film summary captured below: 


You can create your personal "user profile" on Kanopy by selecting the "Sign up" button at the top right of your Kanopy website. For some libraries, you will need to create and be signed into your profile to be able to watch films; for others, it may be optional but still be a good idea to get access to "power user" features!

Step 1.

Select the 'Sign up' button in the top right of the Kanopy website.


Step 2.

Create an account by either (1) using your social media account (Facebook, Google) or (2) select 'Sign up with your email address in seconds' to create a non-social media linked account. If you select option 2, you will then be prompted to verify your email address.


Step 3.

Step 3 will only be a relevant step if you are creating your profile on (as opposed to creating your profile on your library's specific Kanopy website). If you have created your account on, we now need to find out which libraries you are a member of, so you will be prompted to "attach" your account to your library memberships. 

Follow the prompts to do this, or you can select "My Dashboard" from the dropdown menu at the top right of the page, go to the "memberships" tab, and add then add the library that you are a member of.


Step 4.

You are now set up! Whenever you are signed into your user account, you can access your ‘Dashboard’ from the top right. On the Dashboard, you can manage your personal profile details, your clips/playlists, watch list, recently watched, comments, and more.

Harvard Referencing
In -Text Citation Reference List
According to Miss Representation (2011) mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

Newsom, J.S. (2011) ‘Miss Representation, Kanopy [Online]. (Accessed: 23/02/2017).

APA Referencing
In -Text Citation Reference List
Seeking Asian Female (2012) documents an American man’s obsessive search for potential brides over the Internet Lum, D. (2012). Seeking Asian Female. Retrieved February 23, 2017, from Kanopy.


Most films have interactive captions, indicated by a "CC" button on the film. The captions can be launched for a video by clicking the captions button that appears on the video player console (at the bottom of the film) once it has started playing.

If users are viewing on a desktop or Android device, the appearance of the captions can be changed by clicking on "Captions Settings" on the CC button menu. Users will see an overlay that allows the following caption properties to be set:

  • Foreground color and opacity
  • Background color and opacity
  • Window color and opacity
  • Font size
  • Text edge style
  • Font family

Using Transcripts

An interactive transcript can be launched by clicking on the "Transcript" button in the panel underneath the video player. This will appear once the video starts playing.

The interactive transcript can be launched simultaneously or independently of the captions. Upon launching the transcript, the matching words in the transcript are underlined or highlighted so that you can track them as the film is being played. Users can search the transcript (using a simple keyboard find search) and navigate by clicking on any word in the transcript to jump to the corresponding time-code in the video where the words are being spoken.

Films missing captions

A small subset of films may not yet have the captions published on them yet in which case you can simply place a "captions request".

For these films, you will see a button to the right of the film title with a "CC" struck through:

Simply click on this to place a captions request:

Kanopy will rush the captions process within 48 hours and Kanopy will notify you once the captions are live.