books, journals, or other items printed in miniaturized form on rolls of film,
sheets of transparent plastic, or opaque sheets. The long rolls are called
microfilm, while those on small rectangular sheets are called microfiche. The
white, opaque sheets are known as microprints or microcards. Microforms allow
materials to be preserved in nonpaper format and conserve storage
The Periodicals/Microforms area of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library has special machines (microform reader-printers) for viewing and printing all microform formats.
There are many specialized collections and items of potential interest to researchers in the Microforms area, including current and historical newspapers, periodicals, UMass Amherst dissertations, government documents, and individual and family papers. Examples of microform collections of relevance to Latin American Studies follow.
American Pamphlets From the Yale University Library (Microfiche
Guide Located at Ref Z1431.Y34 1985