What are microforms?
Answered By: Anjanette Jones
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Microform is a general term used to describe any material that contains a small image or micro-reproduction.

The two most common formats are microfilm and microfiche. Microfilm is a roll of film. Microfiche is a flat sheet of film.

Because the images are so small, special readers/scanners are used to view the documents. These readers can also be used to scan the image and either print or email it.

Microforms help preserve materials that deteriorate rapidly but they also save space. Thousands of newspapers, records, or government documents can be stored in just a few cabinets.

Search UNLV Libraries microforms index.

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