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Microfiche / Microfilm Collections

Location: Most microfiche and microfilm are located on the third floor in the filing cabinets arranged around the walls of the elevator lobby. Some are located in the Library Retrieval System; use the online catalog to request those items and pick up at the Book Checkout & Pickup Counter, normally within 24 hours, except on weekends.

About

Microforms were needed before digitization was available because they take up much less space than the original. There are two main types of microforms kept by the library: microfiche, which is a 4” X 6” sheet of film, and microfilm, a roll of 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 that download or print this information (see 'Copying' for more information); these machines are also located on the third floor.

Major Collections

Microfilm

Location

Subject/keyword Access

San Francisco Chronicle,
1865-2009.

3rd floor cabinets.

Online newspaper databases; sfgate.com for recent dates.

Newspapers, Magazines & Journals on microfilm.

Library Retrieval System; request in Online Catalog.

Online databases.

Government publications (Supreme Court, etc.)

3rd floor cabinets.

Online Catalog

Microfiche

Location

Subject/keyword Access

Magazines & Journals

3rd floor cabinets filed by title.

Databases, and Abstracts & Indexes in

ERIC (Educational Research)

Library Retrieval System; request in Online Catalog.

ERIC database

U.S. Government Publications

3rd floor cabinets.

Online Catalog

Human Relations Area Files

3rd floor cabinets.

Ask at Research Assistance Desk,
1st floor.

 

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