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Embedding library resources in Canvas: Swank

Swank Information

Swank is a new database available at the HCC Libraries. Not a traditional database, instead Swank allows faculty to select and recommend for subscription films or television episodes that can be used in classes.

Finding Films in Swank

Faculty and students can access the majority of films available for HCC users by going directly to the Swank Digital Campus database.

As an instructor at HCC you can both view and request new titles for the Swank Digital Campus database. 

As an instructor, select "Instructor"

Swank Access Screen


The first time you access Swank as an Instructor, you will be prompted to create an account. 

Swank Instructor Registration Screen


After logging in, you will see the full list of titles currently available for use at HCC. *As an instructor, you will see a larger number of titles than will students. Some titles are limited to class-use only. 

Titles available from Swank at HCC


Click on the image or title of the video that you would like to watch. The video player will have caption and language options available under the gear in the bottom right corner. 

Video player in Swank with Captioning available







Requesting Films in Swank

Faculty can make requests for titles in Swank. Title subscriptions are for one year and are approved as funds allow. 

To request a film - you must be logged in (see instructions in the box to the left). 

Search for the title using either the Search Box or the Advanced Search".

Swank Instructor Search box


Results that match your search words will display. Titles available for subscription will have a "Request" button below their image. 

Instructor request results list


Click Request and complete the Request Form. *The date needed by is very important. 

Swank faculty request dialog box

Embedding Swank Films in Canvas

Students can access Swank materials easily if they are embedded or linked in your Canvas course. 

Click on "Copy Direct Link" to get the link for the film. 

Swank linking buttons


Embed this Direct Link into Canvas using the "Embed a Library Resource Link" tool. This allows students to click on the link and view the video with no additional login required. 

Canvas screen with Embed a Library Resource Link option displayed


Paste the link in the dialog box and add an alternative text (typically the film title). 

Embed a library resource link dialog box


Students will now see the link in their course, can click on it, and will be directed to the video player for the specific film. 

URL Modification

Sometimes OpenAthens does not play well with the URLs in Canvas. Use the permalinks in this Excel spreadsheet to share the film with your students.