1. What are microforms?

    Microform is an umbrella term for a format that allows the reduction of full-sized graphics and text to micro-images. These micro-images are restored to readable size and printed with the use of special machines. Microform formats include microfiche, microfilm, and microcard.
  2. What is available on microfilm?

    Various types of materials have been filmed: annual reports, newspapers, diaries, correspondence, pre-20th century books, plays, and more. While most of the collection can be identified through Scotty, the UCR online catalog, it is often a good idea to work with a reference librarian and the guides to microform collections to really know what is in them. Not all microform collections have been fully analyzed and individual items within the collections may not be listed in the catalog. We have many significant collections on microfilm, such as Papers of John Peabody HarringtonEarly English Newspapers and the History of Photography, which are outlined in this very helpful online guide.
  3. How are microforms arranged? 

    Microfiches and microcards are located in the file cabinets to the right of the Periodicals and Microforms Information Desk. These materials are arranged in a variety of ways: accession number, ERIC number, call number, or alphabetically by author, title or organizational name. Microfilm and a few microcards can be found to the left of the Periodicals and Microforms Information Desk. Microfilmed periodicals are shelved by call number, newspapers alphabetically by title, and sets by accession number. Ask a staff member to assist you in finding the microforms that you need.
  4. How do I view microforms? 

    There are microform readers and reader/printers located in the basement that will allow you to view microfiche, microcard, and microfilm. A staff member is available to help you get started with the equipment whenever the Microforms Information Desk is open. There is also an instruction manual located near the machines.
  5. Can I print?

    Yes, the cost is $.10 per page using the digital microform readers.
Last modified: 9/3/2014 2:23 PM by M. Potter

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