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Using Micromaterials in the University Libraries

This is a guide for locating, viewing, and scanning various micromaterials located in the University Libraries.


Q: Can I save what I find?

A: Yes, you can

After scanning desired content onto the desktop go to "File ---> Save As" and save document to your respective USB or external hardrive. 

Q: Can I print what I find?

A: Yes, you can!

After scanning desired content onto the desktop go to "File ---> Print" and adjust setting as desired, then print to attached printer. 

Q: Can I e-mail scans to myself?

A: No, because the computer connected to the Microform Reader is not connected to the internet. 

Q: Isn't this stuff online?

A: Some of it is, yes. While we have access to several newspapers and periodicals through our online databases, nearly all of these databases provide html, "text only" versions of these publications, meaning that any advertisements, photographs, or other graphics are omitted from the online version. Additionally, our electronic coverage for most publications only covers the last two decades, so microform is still the only way to get content from before the 1990s. If you are only concerned with the text of an article, and it was published in the last twenty years, you may very well be able to access what you need without using micromaterials. If you are looking for something a bit older, or your research relies on locating images or advertisements within publications, you will probably need to use micromaterials.

Q: How long does it take to scan something?

A: Our scanners require you to scan images one page at a time, but you can usually scan several pages in a minute. The longer your document, the longer it will take to scan the whole thing, but we've found that users can usually scan upwards of 100 pages an hour.

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