University of Rhode Island Libraries
The Microform Area is located on the second
floor of the University Library in Kingston, just outside the
Media Resource Center.
(Government publications and technical reports on microform are located on the first floor of
the University Library.) Materials on microform and equipment for reading and printing
microforms are also available at the URI Providence Campus Library and the Pell Marine
Selected back issues of some journals and newspapers,
dissertations, and books are on microform. Equipment for reading and copying these
microforms is also located in the Microforms Area.
The Microform Area is open during normal
Types of microforms
Microform is a generic term for any medium
transparent or opaque bearing reduced-size images of pages from paper copy.
There are three major types:
- Microfilm: film bound on a reel
bearing a number of microimages in linear array
- Microfiche: card-sized sheets of
film bearing a number of microimages in a two-dimensional array
- Microprint: microimages printed on
Major microform collections
Besides back issues of periodicals, the
Library holds a number of major microform collections. So of these titles
- American Culture Series
- American Prose Fiction
- British Sessional Papers
- Early English Books (Pollards)
- Resources in Education (ERIC documents)
- Landmarks of Science
- Early British Books (Wings)
How to use microform
- Microform material is listed in the HELIN library catalog
with one of the following abbreviations in place of a call number: MFICHE, MFILM, or MPRINT.
- Once you have determined that the material
you need is in microform format, consult the item record to find the
location and section. MFILM are sections 1 through 4. Section
1 Newspapers, Section 2 Periodicals, Section 3 Special Collections, and
Section 4 Theses and Dissertations. MFICHE and MPRINT are in
sections 5 through 7. All items are filed in alphabetical order by
title of the publication for periodicals, or by author for books and
- Retrieve the needed reel(s) of film and/or sheet(s) of
microfiche and take to a reader/printer.
- When you are finished, please do not refile any material
place the material in the return boxes.
Special equipment must be used for reading or
Library staff and student assistants working
in the Media Resource Center are available to help you locate microforms and operate
readers and printers. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk if the Media
Resource Center is closed.
For more information about microforms, please
contact the Media Resource Center at (401)