Searching for a film

Films on Kanopy can be found in the following ways:

  1. Browsing by subject
    Use the "Browse Subjects" dropdown feature at the top of the website to navigate to find films on particular topics.
  2. Searching for keywords
    Use the search box to search for a topic, film title, filmmaker, or person.

To find a film, enter the term you are looking for in the search box and press Enter on your keyboard or the search button. The most relevant titles will be displayed. You can then use the search filters on the left to filter and narrow your search down to select criteria (such as subject, supplier, year of production, language, etc).

Some tips for searching

Here are some tips for using the search tool to your advantage:

Looking for an exact film title or phrase
Enter your search term in quotation marks to ensure you look for the exact phrase

Example: "Killing Us Softly" will bring up the exact film or "group theory" will bring up films that must have the phrase "group theory".

Looking for two terms
Include the Boolean term "and" between search terms to ensure you get results that must contain both words, not just either word.

Example: searching for "American AND politics" searches for films that must contain both words, not either word)

Excluding results:
Include the boolean term "not" to exclude certain words in your results.

Example: searching for "environment NOT learning" searches for films that contain the word environment but not the word learning.

Wildcard searches:
Include a wildcard "*" on a search term to search for a base character pattern that forms the base of multiple related words that you are looking for

Example: searching for "politic*" will search for anything containing the words politic, politics, political, etc or "wom*n" will search for both women and woman.

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