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Academic Video Online: Academic Video Online (AVON)

Promotional and tutorial information about SKYCTC's video streaming database!

Learn By Watching Videos!

Learn by watching videos

About AVON

Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers ~ 68,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

Academic Video Online includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage. Patrons will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners. Academic institutions will find the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.

The enhanced video experience is organized by Channels rather than discplines or subjects. They include:

  • 360 VR – Now over 170 videos!
  • American History
  • Anthropology
  • Art & Architecture
  • Asian Studies
  • Biology
  • Black Studies
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film
  • Global Issues
  • LGBT
  • Literature
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Student Success
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Theatre
  • Women's Studies
  • World History
  • Writing

For Faculty - Link and Embedding Best Practices

Alexander Street supports standard linking to content using Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) launch URLs. With LTI your instructors can more easily embed links to content and users can access the content using their credentials on the learning management system.

With LTI there is no need to add proxy prefixes to the content page request and no need for the user to sign into the proxy. Simply use a provided LTI launch URL and paste it into the course page on your LMS.  

From the Share menu at the top of the interface, you will be given an option to embed:

Image on how to embed

See links below for additional instructions and best practices.

For More Information

See information like this and more through:

Academic Video Online (AVON) (ProQuest)

View SKYCTC's streaming video collection through Academic Videos Online (AVON) from ProQuest/Alexander Street through this link:

Pair video with ebooks, news, articles, and other information from ProQuest Databases, and our other databases from our Database A - Z List!

How To Use AVON

When you click on our AVON database link, you land on a search page where you can start searching for videos.

AVON Landing Page


Use the Menu (hamburger icon) in the top left to explore Channels or go Home to explore different browsing options!

Video Tools

Video Player


When the video player launches, you will experience the video in a cinematic view.

From left to right and, below the video progress bar the controls include the length of video in hours and minutes, volume control, play/pause, closed caption, settings, video information and full screen option.

The left and right arrow beside the play button move to the previous or next video.  To advance the current video, use the video progress bar to slide forward or back.

Also available is the ability cite the video using copy/paste in APA, MLA, Chicago, or full citation.  Searching the transcript box will reduce the size of the video and open the transcript on the right side of the screen. 

The thumbnail images to additional video content at the bottom will collapse after a few seconds of viewing, offering an even larger video viewing experience.

Video Player Menu


The top of the video player allows the viewer to navigate through the various menu options such as Transcript, Details, Clips, Share, and Cite. 

The diagonal arrow pointing down and to the right indicates that two of these options (transcript and citing) are able to be launched from the bottom right commands.

Searching and Finding Made Easy

Searching is easy and intuitive.  Simply type what you're looking for into the search box   You won't even need to type the whole word to discover what's available!

In the example below, when searching "environ", you will see two columns.  Left for individual videos and right for related, curated channels.  Clicking on a video or channel will take you to that result.  Hitting enter after typing in your search term will take you to a list of individual video results.

Search box

Creating Searches

To understand a bit about how searching works, consider the following things:

  • if using simple keywords in the search box, you can expect complete matches to rank higher than partial matches; title hits to rank higher than other fields; and discounting of common words that may explode a search
  • advanced search syntax as shown below is applied verbatim (in order, as entered)

Searching strategies below can be used on combination with each other.

Double Quotes (restriction of phrase matching):  Using quotes around a search term will limit the results to those words being found directly next to each other in the results. Searching will take place anywhere in the title, description, transcript, and metadata.

  • hopi indians (more results since the search executes for both words together then individually) vs. "hopi indians" (less results as it is restricting the search to the phrase)

AND, OR, NEAR, +, - (Boolean operators):  1.  operators must be in CAPS; 2.  plus and minus signs must have a space before them.

  • hopi OR indians (looking for either term in the search will yield many, many results and videos with both words will rank higher in the search relevancy)
  • hopi AND indians (looks for both words and can often have the same result as using double quotes)
  • hopi NEAR indians (looks for the terms within the same field so more results than double quotes but less than just as the keywords of hopi indians) 
    • ​hopi NEAR/5 indians (looks for the search terms being 5 words away from each other)
  • american +indians -hopi (this is looking for american indians but not hopi)
  • "american indians" -hopi (an even narrower search looking at "american indians" as one term)

Field Qualifications:  the search box can be used to directly narrow a search to a particular field.  There is NO space between the colon and the search term.

  • title:"hopi indians" 
  • producer:"Ann Carroll"
  • subject:anthropology
  • publisher:"BBC Worldwide"
  • historical_event:holocaust
  • document_type:documentary
  • release_date:1960

Truncation and Wild Card:  asterisks and question marks can be used to offer options when you want to expand a search for word ending variability

  • cultur* (results in any video with a word starting with cultur, so culture, cultured, cultural, culturization, etc)
  • cultur? (results in any video with a word cultur and 0 to 1 letter after)

Range Queries:  you can use a range of dates to narrow down searches prior to waiting for search results to filter

  • release_date:[1960-1970]
  • release_date:>2017 (greater than 2017; less than can be used instead of >)
  • release_date:>=2017 (greater than or equal to 2017; less than can be used instead of >)

Filtering Results

After executing your search, a visual arrangement of results will appear.  The red filter/facet toggle (looks like a funnel) in the upper center of the screen will reveal many choices for defining and refining a search by Subject, Publisher, Person, Content Type, and Release Date using the slider.  

Add filters by clicking on them.  Remove them by clicking on the X that will appear next to them after you've enabled them.  The large, red X will collapse the filter menu.

Filter Results


From the results, the lower case can be clicked to find out more on a video/film without actually launching the film in the cinematic experience.

Film Information

In the information preview, you can see narrators and producers (hyperlinked for ease in launching a new, specific search), length, and description.  Clicking on Channels on the right, bottom will take you to channels related to this video title. 

Info Results
The red dot (just above) can be slid  to preview additional locations in the video to determine as a method of previewing.  Hitting play will launch the video (from whereever the red dot is) in full screen mode