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Docuseek: Digital Video

What is Docuseek?

Docuseek is a digital documentary licensing tool that contains over a thousand different documentaries. The library has purchased a number of 1 year license credits which can be used to purchase films you want to use in class. Once purchased, you can embed the movie in Moodle, show the film in class or send the link directly to your students.

How does it work?

  1. Browse the Docuseek catalog.
  2. Once you find a film to use, contact library technical services ( or call the Library at 574-535-7427 (most films are activated within 24-48 hours. Because of the strict nature of the license agreements, we may ask you what class you are using it for.) 

How long do I have access to the film?.

  • These titles are on "loan" to us for 1 year

Does my department have to pay anything for this service / does it come out of our library allocation?

  • No (right now). We are renting these titles out of general library funds

What is the intended purpose of this service?

  • Because of the expense (each rental costs $100-$150), we are asking that you use these films if they meet the curricular needs for a class. 
  • It is NOT intended for research or personal purposes.
  • Films can be shown in a classroom setting. They can NOT be screened in venues that are open to the public. 
  • Students can be given a link that will allow them to watch the films on their own devices on their own time.  

Captioning and Docuseek

Most films have the option to turn on captions.

Adding a Docuseek Title in Moodle

Follow these steps to add your title in Moodle.

In your Moodle course, turn editing on and click on "Add an activity or resource." 

Turn Editing on in Moodle


Select URL as the activity type. 

Add link in Moodle: List of Resources


Add in the name of the film, the external URL, and a description. If you want the description to display for your students to see, be sure to check the box to display the description. Hit Save and return to course. 

Add link in Moodle: Adding link and description


The information and link to the film should display like this: 

Add link in Moodle: Final view students see