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Microforms

Microforms

In the pre-digital age, documents were scanned and stored as reduced-size page images on film or printed on cardboard-like photographic paper. Specialized equipment is required to read, print, and save pages from these materials.  The Sherrod Library microforms collection has material in all of these formats and provides the equipment and knowledgeable staff to help people use it.

​A growing number of works held in microforms are available online open access and discoverable through OneSearch. 

Microfilm
Very small photographs of the pages of a printed document arranged sequentially on a roll of film.
 
 
Microfiche
Very small photographs of the pages of a printed document arranged in a grid on a sheet of film typically measuring 4 by 6 inches.
 
 
Ultrafiche
Like microfiche, only the page photographs are reduced 90 times or more.
 
Microcard and Microprint
Micro-opaque cards are like ultrafiche printed on heavy photo paper.
 
Microcards are index card size, about 3 by 5 inches.
Microprints are about 5 by 7 inches.
 
Microcards and microprints cannot be read using the same equipment as film or fiche because the cards are not transparent like film.

What is in microforms?

Microprint sets include primary sources for research in American history, literature, and drama in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Indexes to these sets are available in Microforms:

  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
  • Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
  • Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876
  • American State Papers, 1789-1838
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994

Sets indexed and searchable in OneSearch include:

  • Three Centuries of English and American Plays. England: 1500-1800, United States: 1714-1830
  • English and American Drama of the Nineteenth Century

Ultrafiche sets indexed and searchable in OneSearch include:

  • The Microbook Library of American Civilization and
  • The Microbook Library of English Literature

​Microfiche collections include ERIC reports and U.S. government documents maintained in Documents, Law, and Maps.

Newspapers

Current newspapers are located on the second floor in Periodicals. Most are retained for 3 months.

  • Bristol Herald Courier
  • Business Journal of Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia
  • Citizen Tribune (Morristown, TN)
  • Herald and Tribune (Jonesborough, TN)
  • Johnson City Press
  • Kingsport Times-News
  • New York Times Book Review
  • New York Times
  • News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
  • Tennessee Town & City (Nashville, TN)
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • TLS, the Times Literary Supplement (London UK)
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • WWD (Earlier Title: Women's Wear Daily)

Online newspapers and news sources are also available.

Periodicals

Current issues of print journals and magazines and bound volumes for earlier years are located in Periodicals on the second floor.

Journals held in print and available online can be found in OneSearch. 

Explore available online journals with BrowZine.

 

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