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FDMA 2315: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Hoping to find people to interview? Newspaper databases can be a great way to not only learn about your subject from a primary source, but you can also identify people who "were there." Once you have names, you can start contacting them. 


  • SFCC LIbrary's DVD Collection

The library has thousands of DVDs in our collection. Search from the green Discover box on the library's homepage: Click "Advanced Search" and under Location, select DVDs.

DVDs check out for 1 week at a time. 

Find documentaries, newsreels and primary source materials quickly and easily using "Advanced Search."

  1. Access the Films on Demand database
  2. Click "Advanced Search" (toward the top)
  3. Enter your search terms, then...
  4. Under "Search Options" (see "Step 1. Select Type of Content"), in the "All Asset Types" drop-down menu, select what type of video you're looking for, such as Documentary Film or Newsreel or Primary Source.
  5. Feel free to play around with the other limiters as well. 
  6. Click "Search" (all the way at the bottom right)

Did you know you can create custom clips from video found in Films on Demand?

  1. Access the Films on Demand database; you'll first need to create an account.
  2. Click "My Films" (upper right) -> Create an Account
  3. Fill in the fields -> Create Account. 
  4. Once your account is created, select a film you'd like to take a clip from.
  5. Below the viewing screen, click Segment. 
  6. Fill in the appropriate fields in the "Custom Segments" box. 
  7. Click "Create Segment"

You segment is now in your My Custom Segments folder, which you can access by clicking your name in the upper right, then My Films. 

You can Share that clip or Embed its code into a presentation. 

Is your subject something that likely would have been covered by local or state news? Much of their footage is proprietary and covered under copyright; you likely will not find much on YouTube. Your best bet would be to try and contact that station. State who you are and what your intentions/interests are and see first if they even have the kind of footage you're looking for and if so, how to make arrangements to view it. 

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