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What are microforms and what kinds of resources can I find on them?

Microforms – microfilm and microfiche – are photographic reproductions of materials, and these formats enable the storage of materials in a very compact way. Microfilms are reels kept in boxes, and microfiche are flat and kept in envelopes.

Both types of microforms are stored in large filing cabinets in the library.

Newspapers, journals, primary source collections, and other documents are often found on microfilm or microfiche, which can then be read on microform machines.

While more and more newspapers and other materials are being digitized and made available online, there are still many resources only available in microform.

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