Database of the Month: Academic Video Online

Bentley Library is pleased to announce an addition to our streaming film database collection! Along with Films on Demand, Kanopy, and Swank, we have just added Academic Video Online from Proquest. AVO is curated for an academic audience and contains a wide range of US and international films on subjects including business, counseling, history, language learning, music, and more. Formats include plays, documentaries, feature films, and US government content from major distributors including CNN, BBC, Dow Jones, and Sony Pictures Classics.

Browsing and Searching

Users can browse by channel type

and search by keyword and filter results based on subject, publisher, person, content type and release date.


When viewing a film in AVO, there are a number of features to enhance the viewing experience.

Among them:

  • Full transcription
  • Film details, including a synopsis
  • Clip feature that allows users to create clips of the film to share
  • Option to share as a direct link or embed into Blackboard
  • Citation tool for MLA, APA, and Chicago formats
  • Closed captioning for accessibility purposes
  • Mobile playback on all iOS and Android devices.

Getting Help

Be sure to visit the Help Page for tips on searching and browsing, citing and sharing, and information on technical requirements for optimal viewing.

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