Over 7,000 documentaries, dramas, and newsreels from the world’s best producers including, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, PBS, National Geographic, NOVA, BBC and more. Titles may be searched in OneSearch as well as on the Films On Demand platform. Videos play best in the Chrome browser. We subscribe to this database; we do not own the content; the vendor removes & adds some videos every quarter (there may be a lag time in updating catalog records).
Netflix permits classroom instructors to show their students certain documentaries, free of additional charges. (note Netflix does not provide institutional accounts). The permission is provided on each title's page via the Media Center. Here is a list from Netflix of those titles that are available for educational use, as of August 2018.
Audrie and Daisy
Cuba and the Camerman
Five Came Back
Into the Inferno
One of Us
The Ivory Game
The White Helmets
Winter on Fire
Take Your Pills
Bobby Kennedy for President
Please note that as of 4/19/2018, we had to curtail our Kanopy service for financial reasons. We can offer access to additional Kanopy titles only to faculty for use in their classes. Faculty needing access to new titles should contact the media librarian Ellen Sexton esexton at jjay.cuny.edu
Please note New York, Brooklyn & Queens Public Libraries all provide the NY State community with access to the Kanopy database.
Academic Conferences and Lectures:
iBioSeminars A project of the American Society for Cell Biology, this site features lecture-style videos reported by scientists and edited by science writers, which provide contemporary biological information and cutting edge developments.
MicrobeWorld created in response to public concerns about bioterrorism and other risks by the American Society for Microbiology, this site features podcasts and videos that teach microbiology and the impact of microorganisms on human culture.
Documentary, historic and art film archives:
ARTE Cultural programming from Europe in English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Italian. Please note not all content will play in the U.S.
Europeana Collections cultural heritage from European archives, libraries and museums.
Gif It Up Winning art from an annual gif-making competition for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material.
Internet Archive moving image collection contains thousands of digital movies, uploaded by Archive users, which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, cartoons and concerts.
National Film Board of Canada has a large collection of full length documentary, educational and independent films.
PBS offers episodes from several of its popular series like NOVA, American Experience, and Masterpiece (selected episodes change from time to time so you can't assume they'll be available throughout a given semester).
Snag Films advertising-supported documentary and Independent films.
TED Talks short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), devoted to spreading ideas.
UbuWeb Avant-garde performances, including visual, concrete and sound poetry, film and sound art mp3 archives.
WGBH Openvault unique and historically important content produced by public television and radio.