Newspapers and the Microtext Research Collection

Newspapers and the Microtext

The Microtext collection located in the lower level, west wing of the Library contains materials in microformat, such as newspapers, journals, dissertations, monographs, U.S. government documents, genealogical materials, and manuscripts.

What is Microtext?
Microtext is a term for all media formats used to store greatly reduced text or graphic images usually on film or paper. These images can be magnified then viewed, copied or scanned with special equipment.

Microfilm: a continuous roll of positive or negative 16 or 35mm photographic film.
Microfiche: a card-shaped sheet of photographic film, usually 3″ x 5″ or 4″ x 6″.
Microprint: a sheet of opaque material such as card stock, either 6″ x 9″ (microprint) or 3″ x 5″ (microcard.)

How To Find Microtext
Microtext is arranged in call number order. They are located in cabinets, and users may retrieve materials themselves.

Equipment is available for viewing or scanning.  Scanning is free.  Scans can be attached to an email or saved to a user’s flash drive.  The Library has several microtext machines including the Scan Pro 2000, Minolta Micro scanner 2000 and 6000.

In general, microforms cannot be removed from the Microtext reading room. Library staff will reshelve all microforms. Please return microtext items to the wire baskets/carts located throughout the room.

Government Information Microfiche Collection
The UWM Libraries receive publications in microfiche format through the Federal Depository Library Program. These microfiche are arranged in drawers by SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) number. The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications is an online index to U.S. Federal Government publications and can be used to locate SuDoc numbers for titles on microfiche.

Other U.S. Government collections on microfiche located in Microforms include the CIS U.S. Serial Set [index available (REF) Z 1223 .Z9 C65], Congressional Information Service or CIS Microfiche [index available (REF) KF 49 .C4x], and the American Statistics Index or ASI Microfiche index.

For questions concerning government publications, please contact the Government Information Librarian at (414) 229-3925 or

Archives Microfilm Collection
The microtext room houses the Libraries’ Archives microfilm collection, which includes selected items from the Milwaukee Area Research Center. This microfilm set will be of particular interest to Genealogy researchers since it contains, among other material, birth, death, marriage records and provides property and probate records.

For finding aids and detailed information, contact the Archives or call (414) 229-5402.

Primary Sources in the UW-Milwaukee Microtext Research Collection

Online Guides to Microtext Research Collections

These guides provide finding aids for records from selected major microform research collections which are either available in the UW-Milwaukee Libraries microform collection or may be requested through Interlibrary loan. Search the guides by keyword or browse through digital versions of the print guides by title or subject.

Citing Microtext Collection
To cite microtext sources, provide as much print publication information as is available, along with the name and any identifying features.

MLA Style

Article –

Glass, Charles. “Eternal Torments.” New Statesman 27
Sept. 1996: 38-39. UMI Microfiche 16700.01

Savage, David. “Indecency on Internet Faces High
Court Test.” Los Angeles Times 16 Mar. 1997.
Newsbank: Law (1997): fiche 34, grid A6.

Range of documents on microfilm –

The Peers Inquiry of the Massacre at My Lai. Bethesda: University Publications of America, 1997. Microfilm. Reel 10.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 1992 AFDC Recipient
       Characteristics Study. Washington: The Department, 1994. (1994 ASI microfiche 4584-7).