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How to search for a film?

Introduction

When on your institution's Kanopy website, you have two options for discovery:

1) Browsing by subject: You can use the "Browse Subjects" dropdown feature at the top of the website to navigate to find films on particular topics.

2) Searching for keywords: You can use the search box to search for a keyword, film title, filmmaker, person, country, or otherwise. Searching will trawl through all metadata for a film, including even the words in the transcript, to deliver you the full and most relevant results.

Searching in general

To search for something, just put the term you are looking for in the search box. The search algorithm will deliver a set of results that are believed to be most relevant to your search. You can then use the search filters on the left to filter and narrow your search down to select criteria (such as subject, producer, year of production, language, etc).

Examples: if you look for "spanish", it will deliver all films that are either in spanish and/or feature the word spanish. If you want to narrow to just those films in the language of "Spanish", use the languages filter on the left to filter for Spanish. 

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Some tips for searching

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

1) Looking for an exact film title or phrase: you can put 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" (not just either word).

2) Looking for two terms: you can 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)

3) Excluding results: You can 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.

4) Conducting wildcard searches: you can 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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