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Streaming Media: Swank

Swank Titles Licensed by USA Libraries

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Caveat: You will not find Disney titles by searching the Swank Digital Campus portals. Agreements with Disney do not allow this. Disney titles owned by the library can be found in SOUTHcat and accessed via the direct link to the film.

Content is browsable from the home screen but it can also be searched two ways:

Basic Searching

Search by keywords, subjects, and titles.

Swank Basic Search Screen

Advanced Searching

Using the Advanced search allows you to focus your search in a variety of ways.

Swank Advanced Search

You can search by:

  • Title
  • Rating
  • Licensed
  • Cast
  • Release year start
  • Release year end
  • Subject and themes
  • Director
  • Foreign Films

Results can also be sorted by:

  • Relevance
  • Alphabet
  • Popularity
  • Release year

Creating an Instructor Profile

To view and request content not already licensed by the USA Libraries, faculty members need to create an instructor account.

Go to the Swank website for the University of South Alabama. Here you will be asked to identify yourself as a student or instructor; choose instructor.

Swank Login screen

This will give you the option to login or create an instructor account.. Choose Register as Instructor.

Swank Register as Instructor option

All fields, except for Department are required.

Swank register as instructor form

One you have registered, you will receive an email asking you to verify your account. You must complete this step in order to view the entire Swank catalog. Once you verify your account, you will be able to:

  • Browse the entire catalog, not just licensed content
  • Request additional videos for the library to order
  • Access watch links to share with your class.

Swank Digital Campus

Swank Digital Campus contains feature films chosen by librarians and faculty. Titles can be found by

  • Searching SOUTHcat and limiting to streaming video
  • Browsing the available titles at the Swank web site.

Within a video landing page, you can:

  • View a summary of the video
  • Copy a direct link to the video
  • Copy a link to use in USA's learning management system.

Requesting a Swank Title

You must have registered as an instructor and be logged into your Swank account in order to request titles. Once you have logged in:

Search the catalog for subjects or titles you are interested in; you can also, from the Advanced search screen, choose an area from Subjects & Themes and browse those by selecting the area you're interested in and clicking on search.

When you find a title or titles you like to request, click on the Request button under the title:

Swank Result List

You can request multiple titles at a time. Once you've click on the Request button, you will need to fill out the form for the title(s). The Academic Use field is actually required, even though it doesn't say it is. Putting something like, "Showing to class" is perfectly fine.

Swank Request Form

This form will go to librarians at the USA Libraries who will order the title(s) and let you know when they are available for use.