Adding Library Content

Add VU library material to unit spaces and use Readings to create a unit reading list.

Embedding a Library Video in VU Collaborate

This guide shows how to embed library/online streaming videos in VU Collaborate, ensuring you comply with copyright law.

Online videos can be embedded in VU Collaborate using EMBED codes provided in video databases. This guide focuses on how to embed online/streaming videos available through the VU Library. Streaming video databases which have embed code capability include Kanopy, the suite of Alexander Street Press collections and ClickView.

For information about including LinkedIn Learning videos, see Linking to LinkedIn Learning Resources in VU Collaborate.

Navigate through this guide using these links below:


Step One: Find a streaming video

Select from one of the methods below.

Method One: Searching the Database Library

1. Go to the VU Library home page.

2. Click on A - Z Databases.

 1 go to VU Library

3. This will take you to the Databases homepage. 

 2 library databases

Select the dropdown menu from All Subjects, scroll down and select Streaming Video.

3 select streaming video from all subjects

4. Select a database and search for a relevant video.

4 select the streaming video database


Method Two: Find a video through Library Search

1. Enter your topic or title into the Library Search box.

5 search from the library search bar

2. Click on Search Library.

3. Your results will appear with the All filters section on the left of the window. Scroll down to make adjustments for a more specific search with Source Type. You may have to click Show More

6.1 all filter option is selected

6.2 expand the Source Type search

4. Tick the Videos check-box (you may need to scroll down the list).

5. Click Apply filters to apply changes.

6.3 select video as source type

6. Scroll through the search results to find a relevant online video. Select Access Now to access the resource.

7 select the relevant resource

Once a video is selected you will be taken to that resource on the relevant database platform.


Step Two: Find the Embed Code

1. When the selected video has loaded, click on the SHARE or EMBED tab. These are located below the video player on each of the video streaming platforms (Kanopy, ClickView, or Alexander Street Press collections). 

 Embed and link button highlighted

2. Copy the entire code using right-click or hotkeys Ctrl + A and Ctrl +C.

 example embed code


Step Three: Embed the Video Code in VU Collaborate

1. In VU Collaborate, select the Learning Space you wish to embed in, and the Module in your unit where you would like the video located. 

 8 access to Learning Space and select a module

2. Click on New then select Video or Audio.

 Step03 02 DL

3. Paste in the embed code previously copied.

4. Enter a Title for the video and click Save.

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5. The video is then added to your module.

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Need More Help with Copyright?

Refer to Copyright Help on the VU Library intranet site.

Further Support

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Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service for further technical support.


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