Documentary Production

This is a legacy resource guide for a past course. Please email Sara Smith with questions about these resources or research in this subject area.

Art and the History of Art 441  |  Film and Media Studies 441
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Overview

You can use the 5 College Catalog to find books, films, and music. If you come across an item that we do NOT already own in the Five Colleges, use our "requests" page to request that we purchase or borrow the item for you.

The following research guides may be useful for contextual and conceptual research:

Data & Statistics tab (in Reference Guide)
Encylcopedias & Reference Databases tab (in Reference Guide)

U.S. Census Information
U.S. Government Information
News
Finding & Using Images

American Studies
Anthropology/Sociology
Black Studies
Film & Media Studies
History - U.S.
Latinx & Latin American Studies Guide
Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

    Databases

    • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
      Bibliographic and full-text database of film and television articles from scholarly and popular publications. Includes images from the MPTV Image Archive of entertainment photography.
    • JSTOR
      Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
    • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
      Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.
    • Arts & Humanities Database
      Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
    • America, History & Life (1964 to present)
      Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

    Background

    Media

    • Kanopy Streaming Video
      Kanopy offers a broad selection of thousands of streaming films, documentaries, and theatrical releases covering a wide variety of subject areas, with additional new releases launched monthly. If close-captioning is not included, it can be requested. Interactive transcripts are included. Note that US feature films are not typically part of the Kanopy offerings.
    • Folkstreams
      Documentary films about American roots cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking.
    • Internet Archive
      A non-profit library of books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

    Public Domain video online:

    Creative Commons media site
    Creative Commons on Vimeo
    The Open Video Project
    The Public Domain Review
    Videvo
    The White House video

    Primary sources

    • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
      Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.
    • Amherst College Digital Collections
      Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.
    • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection (1684-1912)
      A comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. Subject coverage includes: advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more.
    • Internet Archive
      A non-profit library of books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Includes the Wayback Machine.