Microforms cost less to produce and to maintain than their original paper versions, and they take up much less space in the Library. There are two main types of microforms kept by the library: microfiche, which is a microphotographically produced sheet of film, usually about the size of a postcard; and microfilm, a roll of microphotographically produced film, usually 35mm wide (and occasionally 16mm wide). Both microfiche and microfilm formats are capable of storing many pages of information, both textual and photographic, on a small area of film that is too small to read with the naked eye. The Library provides microform readers and printers for accessing this information (see 'Copying' for more information).
The Periodicals/Microforms Department houses a number of major microforms collections, including the following:
|Newspapers and Periodicals||Databases, and Abstracts & Indexes in Reference||Filed by Title|
|Numbered Microfilm (Books and Dissertations on Microfilm)||Currently in storage and unavailable.||Filed by number|
|Periodicals||Databases, and Abstracts & Indexes in Reference||Filed by Title|
|College Catalogs||Index with Collection||Filed by State or Country, then Index Number|
|ERIC (Educational Research)||ERIC Database||Request from Catalog or through DDS using ILLiad.|