UCB Libraries

How Do I... find microform?

The Libraries owns a lot of material on microforms, including newspapers, manuscripts, sets of primary and secondary sources and government information.

 

  • Microform: Material that is printed in reduced scale on non-transparent plastic.
  • Microfilm: Material that is printed in reduced scale on transparent long rolls.
  • Microfiche: Material that is printed in reduced scale on small rectangular sheets. (3x5)
  • Microprint: Material that is printed in reduced scale on non-transparent rectangular sheets. (5x8)
  • Micro-opaque: Material that is printed in reduced scale on non-transparent rectangular sheets. (6x9)

 

Each of these requires special machines to be viewed and copied.

 

 

  • Find Microfilms
  • Read/Copy/Print
  • CU Collections
  • Other Collections

 

Search for microfilm sets using broad terms like "world war" along with "microform" in Chinook.

 

 

 

 

There are different ways you can find out what kinds of sources a microform collection contains, including online guides linked in the Chinook record, printed guides, and tables of contents and indexes that are included on the microforms themselves. Once you have determined on what reels, fiche, etc. items of interest are located, you can access them for viewing.

 

 

 

Reader/Printers for microforms, microfilms and microfiche are available in the Libraries.

 

  • Norlin Library
    • Research Floor (2nd Floor)
      • Digital microform scanner: read/print/email or save to USB/SD Card (free)
      • Reader/Printer: read/print only (free)
    • Government Information (3rd Floor)
  • Business Library (Map)
  • Music Library (Map)
  • Engineering Library (Map)

 

 

Off-site: Most microfilm is stored in Pascal,  the Libraries’ off-site storage facility.  To retrieve off-site microfilm, request the materials through Chinook.

 

On-Site: There are on-site collections available in Norlin and Branch Libraries. View the instructions and locations below.

 

Norlin Library

Guides to microform sets

Norlin Library--Reference Collection--Microform Guides

Located in Research Services on the 2nd floor of Norlin (map)

Norlin Library--Government Information--Reference

Located in Government Information, 3rd floor Norlin (map)

 

Newspapers

Many back issues of newspapers are found in microfilm.

Norlin Library--Reference Collection--Microform

A selection is located in Research Services on the 2nd floor of Norlin (map)

 

Government Information

Norlin Library--Government Information--Micro

Located in Government Information, 3rd floor Norlin (map)

Please ask for assistance to retrieve these collections/guides

 

Science Library

Landmarks of Science: History of Science Monographs, Microprint

Landmarks of Science II: History of Science Journals, Microfiche

Located in the Science Library Reference area, 2nd floor Norlin (map)

Please ask for assistance to retrieve these collections

 

East Asian Collection

Norlin Library--East Asian Library--Reference

Located in the Science Library Reference area, 2nd floor Norlin (map)

Please ask for assistance to retrieve these collections

 

ERIC Documents

CU will scan copies of ERIC education documents and make them available to you via PDF. Request documents through ILLiad (select ERIC microfiche request in ILLiad)

 

Examples of Microform Sets

Other Libraries

Business

Business Library  Microfilm

Located in the Business Library (map)

 

Earth Science Library

Earth Sciences Library--Microform

Located in Benson, Earth Sciences (map)

 

Engineering

Engineering, Math, Physics Library--Office

Located in the Engineering Library (map)

 

Music

Music Library--Microform

Located in the Music Library (map)

 

 

 

Microfilm sets can also be requested from other libraries:

 

Center for Research Libraries

  • Search the catalog and select reproduction type "microfilm, microfiche or microopaque"
  • Scholars and researchers from CRL member institutions have free and unlimited use of the CRL collections through interlibrary loan. The loan period is unlimited, but is subject to possible recall notice.

Worldcat

  • Search Worldcat and limit search to microform under Subtype limits
  • Select "Request from ILLiad" and login with your identikey.