Films On Demand is a database of documentaries, educational videos and news footage. It does not contain movies. Highly desirable items include the works of Bill Moyers and Ken Burns as well as PBS programs, selected TED talks, CNBC political footage, the Biography Channel and films from the American Museum of Natural History.
If you know the title of the film or film segment that you are searching for, the search box at the top of the Films On Demand homepage is your best option.
If you want to search for a film but you don't know its exact title, or you want to find a film on a particular topic, try Advanced Search. You can get to it by clicking the Advanced Search link under the search box on the Films On Demand homepage. Once at Advanced Search:
Another way to find a video on your topic is to browse by subject area. To get to subject areas go to Browse Subjects, located below the search box. Select View All or scroll through the horizontal picture menu located below the search box.
When you click on one of the subject Collections, you get a search results list. The Narrow Results menu on the right side of the search results list lets you drill down to sub-topics. For the Music & Dance collection, some of the sub-topics are Dance, Music History, World Music, and Music Appreciation. Each of those sub-topics can be clicked on to expand even more specific sub-sub-topics.
In your Films On Demand results list:
To play a video, click on it. There are controls to pause, move forward and back, turn closed captions on and off, expand the video to fill the whole screen, and adjust the volume. There is also a time code that says how many minutes and seconds into the video you are, and how long the video is in total.