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Microform Fast Facts:

What is a Microform?
This is a printed item that has been reduced to a size too small to be read by the unaided eye. Microfiche and Microfilm are types of Microforms and require the use of a Microform reader.
What is Microfiche?
Microfiche is a type of Microform which consists of a single sheet of plastic that can hold numerous copied pages.  If an article or document is comprised of hundreds of pages, many Microfiche sheets may be needed.
What is Microfilm?
Microfilm is a type of Microfiche which resembles a large roll of camera film.  A single Microfilm roll can hold many more pages than a Microfiche page. 
Where are the Microforms and readers located?
Rice Library, 1st Floor.  Microforms are held in the large grey cabinets.  The ScanPro 3000 is located on the east wall just north of the first floor restrooms.  The MS 6000 microform scanner is located on the west wall next to the preview rooms.
Do I need special permission to use the readers?
No, feel free to use the readers on your own.  Consult a reference librarian if you have any questions or problems.

Why Reference Sources?

Reference sources can provide you with valuable information such as:
  • Background information
  • Important figures
  • Dates, places, and people
  • Definitions and key terms
  • Lists of additional sources (articles, books, etc.)
They are an excellent way to begin your research by allowing you to become familiar with the topic in preparation to choose the best articles, books, and additional resources. 

ScanPro 3000

1. On the desktop, click on the icon “PowerScan 3000”
              a.   If you receive this message, the scanner needs to be turned on.


             b.  The on switch is located on the back of the scanner.

2. Choose 16mm roll, 35mm roll, negative fiche, or positive fiche.

3. To load microfilm onto machine:

              a. Pull glass tray out all the way – a diagram showing how to load the film will appear on the computer screen.

                     i.    Follow the diagram to load film and push glass back in place.

                     ii.   Use the “motorized film controls” to find pages needed & adjust as needed.

                     iii.  To unload, pull glass toward you and double click the “rewind” button on the “motorized film controls panel.”

4. To load microfiche onto the machine:

              a. Pull out glass tray and place fiche under glass tray.

                      i.  The bottom of the fiche should go in first so that it is upside down to you.

                      ii.  Move the glass around the find the images to scan.

                      iii. To unload, pull glass toward you and remove fiche.

5. Scanning/Saving

          a. Adjust images as needed using the buttons (see below).

          b. Scanning and saving are completed in the same step:

                i.    Go to the “output” tab and select “Scan to H:drive”  or “Scan to USB drive” and name the file.

                ii.   Continue scanning until all images needed are scanned and click “finish” on “page count box.”

                iii.  Your images will either be on your H:drive or flashdrive.


Ask a Librarian!

If you need additional help with your research or simply have a quick question, Ask Us! 
Phone: 812-464-1907
Phone (Toll Free): 1-800-246-6173

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