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This guide provides information about the educational streaming service Academic Video Online from Alexander Street Press

What is Academic Video Online (AVON)?

What is AVON?

Academic Video Online (AVON) is a multidisciplinary streaming video service from Alexander Street Press, that provides access to almost 70,000 titles on a wide variety of academic subjects and genres, including business, humanities, engineering, education, history and more. AVON is curated for the educational experience. It is a valuable resource to incorporate into classes as it provides students with various formats to engage with information and course content. The platform’s offer consists of documentaries, interviews, feature films and other forms.




Tools & Features


AVON offers a set of academic-focused tools for learning, research and teaching purposes including:

Transcripts: Users view searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside many titles.

Clip-Functionality: Users can easily create, annotate, and share video clips and playlists and set different visibilities (Private, public, institutional).

HD-quality player: A video player that allows for optimized high-definition viewing.

Comprehensive permissions: The platform enables in-class, on-campus, and remote viewing.

Remote Access:

To get full experience, you will need to set up a user account using your AUI email address. AVON is also accessible off-campus using the virtual desktop.

Browsing and Searching in Academic Video Online

To search AVON, go to the A-Z databases list, then click the Academic Video Online link to access the platform.

Click on the search bar in the upper right of the homepage to start your search Graphical user interface

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This expands the search box with a drop-down menu of filters. To get the most possible results, it is recommended to search within “all videos”. The “All channels” limit your search to videos within a specific channel or subject area Graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message

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You can also click on the three lines on the upper left to access the channels and collections. Text

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Channels are curated groups of content that are brought together by topics/subject area while collections are what the library is actually subscribed to.

Some of the subjects covered are:

Anthropology. Business. Communications Studies. Computer Science. Education. Engineering. Literature. Politics and Current Affairs. Psychology. Religion. Student Success. Women’s studies. Writing


Useful Links

Monthly updates

AVON updates their content on monthly basis.

Help Page

Learn how to effectively use the platform to search and share results and how to create customized clips.

ProQuest Libguide

Everything you need to know about Academic Video Online

Adding AVON videos to Canvas

 Canvas Integration

Canvas allows instructors to easily find and add videos hosted by AVON using the LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) App.

To embed an AVON video, click the small socket icon available in your Canvas rich text editor, and look for Alexander Street



Once Alexander Street is selected, a search window should pop up. Search for the video you would like to add and then select your embed preferences: medium or large size. The video will get added automatically.