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HUMN 1002- Cater: Books

Resources to assist in the research necessary for course assignments in HUMN 1002: Perspectives on Society in Film

Documentary Film Making

"A practice of filmmaking that deals with actual and factual (and usually contemporary) issues, institutions, and people; whose purpose is to educate, inform, communicate, persuade, raise consciousness, or satisfy curiosity; in which the viewer is commonly addressed as a citizen of a public sphere; whose materials are selected and arranged from what already exists (rather than being made up); and whose methods involve filming ‘real people’ as themselves in actual locations, using natural light and ambient sound. Although filmmaking of this type dates to the earliest years of cinema (see actualities; travel film), the term documentary was not coined until the 1920s, when the founder of the British Documentary Movement, John Grierson, defined it as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’."

Kuhn, A. & Westwell, G. (2012). "Documentary." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 Nov. 2016.

Historical Context

"Context is the setting which can modify our view of an idea, phenomenon or statement." 

"Context." Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought, edited by Kenneth McLeish, Bloomsbury, 1993. Credo Reference, Accessed 06 Feb 2017.

When examining the context of your film, keep in mind that it will have a great deal to do with: the moods, attitudes and conditions that existed in the time period when your film takes place or was filmed.  

Logging in to GIL-Find / My Library Account

Logging in to MGA's GIL-Find Catalog allows you to do a number of things:

  • Create GIL Express requests to have books sent to you from other USG college libraries.
  • Click on "Access My Library Account" to do the following:
    • Check the status of requests.
    • Renew books.
    • Check on possible fines.
    • Get the GALILEO password.

How do you log in?

  • Current MGA students, faculty, and staff will use their MGA email login info.
  • You will use your ENTIRE EMAIL ADDRESS as your username: (
  • Use your EMAIL PASSWORD.

Reference Books: Find Context


If you access any of these online resources off-campus, you will be prompted for your Galileo credentials.
1. If you are prompted for a username and password, use "firstname.lastname" and your email password.
2. If you are only prompted for a password, simply use this semester's Galileo password, which can be found in Desire2Learn.

Encyclopedia Britannica / Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Online Small GALILEO icon -- Don't forget about the "Timeline" feature, which is listed under "Research Tools" on the homepage. NOTE: Select encyclopedia or dictionary to search.

Credo Reference -- search our online collection of 592 full-text reference books. See specific books within Credo Reference listed below:

Reference Books- Find Context

Find Books

Browsing the library:

  • Browse the "PN1900" section in your campus library.
  • Also see below for a list of related books from our collection

Searching the Catalog

Film Research Keywords (General)





Film Research Keywords (Specific)

documentary films

documentary style films

documentary mass media

documentary photography

documentary video

documentary television programs


Documentary History and Theory


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Kristen Bailey
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Subjects: History

Outline of US History from the Dept. of State

Film-related Reference books-online