Microtext Collection and Newspapers

Roll of Microfilm unwound

What is Microtext?
Microtext is a term for all media formats used to store print materials (like Newspapers) in a small space. These images can then be magnified and viewed/scanned with special equipment. Microtext materials may include newspapers, journals, dissertations, monographs, U.S. government documents, genealogical materials, and manuscripts.  The Microtext collection is located in the lower level, west wing of the Library.

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 Library of Congress call number order. They are located in cabinets, and users retrieve materials themselves.

Scanning/Viewing Microtext*

The Library has one ScanPro 2000 microtext machine.  It is available for viewing or scanning of microtext.  Scanning is free.  Scans can be attached to an email or saved to a user’s flash drive.

*To ensure fair and equitable use of Library resources and equipment, reservations for the use of the Microtext scanner are required.

  • Sign up at the Media and Reserve Services desk or via phone at 414-229-4673
  • 3-Hour Use Blocks
  • Users with a Reservation have priority.
  • Microtext Scanner use reverts back to a first-come, first served, if Reservation user is more than 15 minutes late for their allotted time.
  • Users must comply with the UWM Libraries User Rights and Responsibilities at https://uwm.edu/libraries/about/r-and-r/
  • Please no food or drink near the equipment

Government Information Microfiche Collection
The UWM Libraries receive some 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.

For questions concerning government publications, please contact Catherine Loomis.

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

Citing Microtext

MLA Style


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:

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).



Works consulted in microform editions should be cited according to the format of the original publication (e.g., book, newspaper article, or dissertation). In the first example below, the page number refers to the printed text; the other locator indicates the fiche (i.e., sheet) and frame numbers, and the letter indicates the row. Such locators will vary according to the resource.

Beatrice Farwell, French Popular Lithographic Imagery, 1815–1870,
vol. 12, Lithography in Art and Commerce(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), microfiche, p. 67, 3C12.

Tauber, Abraham. “Spelling Reform in the United States.” PhD diss., Columbia University, 1958. Microfilm.