Microguides are helpful when it comes to using some of the larger collections available in the library. While some items have a call number for a single item, in other cases, a collection may include several thousand reels of microfilm, comprised of tens of thousands of items. In these cases, microguides are essential for finding what you need within the collection with speed and ease.
Additionally, with some of our microform sets, not every item included in a collection appears in our catalog. In other words, the library may have a book on microfilm, but searching for that books title may not return any results. You can use several of our microguides to search within these collections to identify even more items which are available in the library.
Microguides are listed in our catalog in a couple of different places. First, they will appear on a list of results with a call number and the location "micromaterials," like this:
In addition to being listed by title in the catalog, Microguides will also be listed in the record of their corresponding film set, like this:
Microguides are labeled with the letters MICR appearing at the top of their call number label, and all are shelved in rows 55 and 56, next to the micromaterial collection.
Although each guide is organized differently, most include some sort of title, author, and/or reel list, allowing you to browse through a collection's holdings and quickly find relevant items. Once you have found something useful, be sure to note the reel or fiche number of the item before you head to the cabinet to retrieve it.