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About Docuseek

Docuseek features documentaries covering anthropology, area studies, the arts, criminal justice, education, environmental studies, global studies, health, history, political science, psychology, sciences, sociology, women's studies, and more. Docuseek provides exclusive educational streaming access to content from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films, Kartemquin Films, MediaStorm, the National Film Board of Canada, Scorpion TV, Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films, and KimStim, among other production companies and distributors. 

Accessing Docuseek

The Docuseek subscription collection is immediately available to VCU students, faculty, and staff. The platform can be accessed via VCU Libraries' A-Z Database list



Docuseek is piloting a new user interface. To navigate the new interface, select "SWITCH TO NEW LOOK" from the horizontal menu bar at the top of the Docuseek homepage.


Docuseek tools and features


In the new Docuseek interface, search for films using the magnifying glass icon in the upper right hand corner of the horizontal menu bar. Search by film title, filmmaker, or keyword.



Once an initial search is conducted, you have the option to filter your results or conduct an advanced search using the window on the right-hand side of the screen.



Selecting "Advanced search" provides several additional filtering options.



Docuseek's new interface has several browsing mechanisms:



Selecting "BROWSE" from the homepage allows you to browse films alphabetically. 



The dialog box on the right hand of the browsing page allows you to filter films by subject, release year, date added to Docuseek, and by distributor or filmmaker. This can be used to browse, for example, films released recently by a particular distributor. 


Films can also be browsed by subject from the horizontal menu bar on the Docuseek home screen. 



Similarly, the home screen can be used to quickly navigate to new releases.



On the page for the film you would like to share, select "</> Embed"



Copy the link under "Permanent Link" in the dialog box. The permanent link is a more stable link for sharing than copying the link in the URL bar of the Docuseek page. Alternatively, the embed code can be copied to embed the film onto a web page that supports embedding.