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FMP270: Documentaries for Social Change

This research guide is meant to help users navigate resources for documentary filmmaking students.

Tips for Finding Archival Video

Streaming Video Databases

Video- Kanopy Public Library Access

Glendale Public Library:

The Digital Library is open 24/7. Read eBooks and magazines, listen to audiobooks and music, and watch streaming videos.  

To access digital library content, you will need your library card barcode (the number on the back of your library card) and PIN number. Your PIN is the last four numbers of your phone number, unless you requested a different four-digit number when you received your card.

Don't have a library card? Fill out an application and get an eCard here.

KanopyWatch over 30,000 documentaries, classics and indie films with Kanopy. Available on desktop, mobile and Roku for students, professors, and library patrons. Visit the Kanopy help site for details on streaming to Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku devices. *Limited to 10- films per month.



Phoenix Public Library E-card access, click here.

The Kanopy collection offers a broad selection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language, and training videos, including: the Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, the Frontline series, and international films.

*Limited to 15 films per month.

Learn more about getting started with Kanopy or go directly to the collection.


Web Sources for Archival Footage

Find Video and Audio

Documentaries films are a valuable resource for papers. Did you know you can cite films just as you can cite books, articles, and essays? Like books, films require both an in-text and a Works Cited citation. See the Citation Assistance section for more information. In the meantime, use the library's search box to find films relevant to your topic.

Use the search box below to find films by title, keyword, subject, or actor. Experiment with using the limiters to limit your searches to streaming video or to DVDs if you prefer one format over another.


If you need help finding a video on the shelf or online...  Ask a Librarian!

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