Documentaries in Journalism: Intro

Library resources for documentary filmmakers and those interested in studying them.

Books About Documentaries

General Books on Documentaries

Looking for more books about documentaries? A few appear below; find more lists of recently-acquired Columbia Libraries books on the fourth tab of this guide.

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This guide is intended primarily for journalism students interested in making documentaries, but may be used by anyone interested in watching, studying, or creating such films. 

  • Below are some tips for finding documentaries to watch (whether on DVD, streaming online, or other formats).
  • At the left are some links to recent books about documentaries that you can check out from Columbia Libraries.
  • The second tab has streaming documentaries--both collections of films in databases, and individual films arranged by topic.
  • The third tab has criticism, reviews, and other content about documentaries. 
  • The fourth tab has books on documentaries and their making.

Finding Documentaries at Columbia Libraries

You can search for documentaries in CLIO, the library search interface, just as you would for books (use either "Quicksearch" or "Catalog"). There are several ways to find documentaries in CLIO:

  • Search for a specific documentary by title
    • Type the title in the search box; to search an exact phrase, put it in quotation marks
    • Change the "All Fields" box to "Title" and search
  • Browse documentaries by subject 
    • ​Start by searching for the subject (genre) "Documentary films" 
    • Look at the facets at the left to limit by subject, region, era, language, and more
  • Browse documentaries by date for most recent films
    • See below for examples

Recent Documentaries on Video (DVD, VHS, etc.):

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Recent Documentaries (Streaming Online):

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