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Film Genres

incl. Animation, B-movies & Cult Cinema, Documentary, Film Noir, Horror, Science Fiction, The Western, Comedy, The Musical.

Finding Books - Documentary

Using the UTCat link below, enter any of the Subject Headings, exactly as they appear, in the Search Box, then choose Subject from the drop-down menu. Note: The main heading is documentary films, which is subdivided by country/region, topic, theme, etc. For books about genre itself, the heading is film genres:

UTCat Browse/Subject Search

Subject Headings

for documentary (and related) films

  • cinema verite
  • cinematography history
  • concert films
  • documentary films
  • documentary films authorship - (for books about screenwriting for documentaries)
  • documentary style films - (use this heading for mockumentaries) Note: NO hyphen.
  • documentary television programs
  • educational films
  • ethnographic films
  • industrial cinematography
  • industrial films
  • travelogues (motion pictures, television, etc.)

for Individual directors (Search as above; use last name, first name)

  • e.g., maysles albert.

for Institutions and/or studios (search as above)

  • e.g., National Film Board of Canada

for Early or silent films (search as above)

  • silent films
  • actualites (motion pictures)
  • Pathe Freres (U.S.) history
  • newsreels
  • narration for silent films

for Related topics (search as above)

  • independent filmmakers
  • independent films
  • interviewing in ethnology
  • interviewing in journalism
  • motion picture journalism
  • motion pictures in propaganda
  • reality television
  • war films

If you prefer to browse the library shelves:

  • books about documentary film are shelved within the Call Number range PN1995.9 .D6; books about individual directors are shelved within the Call Number range PN1998.3. Both Innis and Robarts libaries have substantial holdings in their collections;

Finding Journal Articles - Documentary

How To Find Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary databases

Film-specific databases

  • The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present. Use the AFI Catalog to find detailed production information about specific films (incl. release dates and other production-related information), as well as citations to contemporaneous reviews from newspapers (e.g., New York Times); trade & industry publications (Variety); popular magazines (Motion Picture Herald, Photoplay); and review publications (Monthly Film Bulletin), among others.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from the AFI Catlog. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • Film Index International (British Film Institute). Coverage: 1900 - current. The directors selected for inclusion are a) those who have made a fiction film shown theatrically that is over 50 minutes in duration, released between 1928 and 1965, and b) those who have made a fiction film over 60 minutes in duration, post-1965.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • International Index to Film Periodicals (1972+) Search by keyword, separating each word or phrase by AND
  • Film & Television Literature Index (1913-current)
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001).

Bibliographies - Documentary

from Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO)

SEE ALSO: sections on Documentary/Non-Fiction (or perform a 'Ctrl - f' word [documentary, nonfiction] search) in:

from UC Berkeley Libraries:

  • Documentary Film Incl. articles and books on individual filmmakers and films, and an essay on the General Post Office Film Unit (UK).
  • Ethnographic Film Incl. articles and books on individual filmmakers and films.
  • Propaganda Film Incl. bibliographies on Leni Riefenstahl and Film and the Third Reich.
    • War Movies and War Propaganda Incl. articles and books on individual films and filmmakers, as well as sections on World Wars and Misc. Engagements, American Civil War, Spanish Civil War, Vietnam, The Cold War/Nuclear War, The Middle East.
  • Reality TV Incl. articles and books on individual programs.

from the British Film Institute (BFI)

Other Resources - Documentary

Ebooks:

Schoots, Hans. Living Dangerously: A Biography of Joris Ivens

Reference

Journals