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Library FAQs: AV Materials FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers for my library account, library materials, notices and assessment materials.

AV Materials FAQ

How do I search for Audio-Visual (AV) Materials? (Overview)

  • Search Encore or Classic Catalog.
  • If you limited your search to your home library, try all Alliant libraries. If you find the item, request from another Alliant library (for help, see the Books FAQs).
  • If you can't find it in the Alliant system, search LINKplus (for help, see Books FAQs, How can I request items from LINKplus libraries?).
  • AV materials are not available for request through Interlibrary Loans.

Searching for AV Materials in Encore

  • Type subject in Encore search box.
  • On the screen's left side, limit Format to Video/Film or Audio.
  • If you want to limit to home location, click the on appropriate location (i.e. Los Angeles for items only available at the Los Angeles campus).


  • Click "Encore Advanced Search"
  • Type in keyword or words.
  • Limit to to Film/Video (video recordings) or Audio (sound recordings).
  • Limit Location to home library if you wish.
  • Click on Search.

Searching for AV Materials in the Classic Catalog

  • Click Classic Catalog under "Research"
  • Click "Advanced Search"
  • Type in keywords.
  • Under Limited to:
    • Material Type, select Audio or Video/Film
    • If limiting to location, select appropriate location.
  • Click "Submit"

Searching for Online Videos


Updated/revised RES 7/15/2014