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Fall 2007

Q: HOW DO OVER 2 MILLION ITEMS FIT IN ONE ROOM?
A: The O’Neill Library Microforms Collection.

Bapst ChairsWhile a great deal of information is available online and in print, many primary sources and specialized collections are still stored on microforms because of their durability and storage space.  The microform machines are very easy to use, and staff members are there to help.  Microform titles and information can be found in Quest, the online library catalogue and in the indexes in the Microform Area.
 
From history to nursing, literature to science, the microform collection on Level 1 has something for every scholar.  Some of the many unique items in the collection include:

Irish Politics and Society through the Press, 1760 - 1922
One of many microform resources on Irish history, politics, and culture, this set contains full issues of a wide variety of Irish newspapers and periodicals including: Cork Free Press; Irish Catholic and Nation; United Ireland; Kerry Sentinel; Flag of Ireland; Galway American; Connaught Patriot; Limerick Reporter; Dublin Evening Post; and many others.  These papers, both large and small, augment the historical perspective offered by our collection of other Irish papers from this period including: Belfast News-letter; Irish Times; and Irish Press.  Newspaper titles are catalogued individually in Quest, so patrons can search through them without a print index.

The Eighteenth Century
This microfilm collection is an invaluable source for primary and secondary sources on writing in English in the 18th Century including writings on religion, philosophy, history, geography, social science, literature, fine arts, science, technology, and medicine.  The set consists of over 16,000 reels of film.  There is a detailed, print research guide to the works included in the set in the Microforms Index Area. 

Library of American Civilization (LAC)
This collection includes primary sources from American history, from colonial times through World War I.  It contains nearly 10,000 titles on a vast range of topics, from literature and autobiography to politics and government.  Titles are cataloged individually in Quest, so you can easily find them without an index.

No matter what kind of research, the microform collection has something for every student.  To get there just take the stairs to Level 1 on the bottom floor.

John WalshJohn Walsh is the Hult Librarian, Business Specialist and part of O'Neill Library Reference.

 

 

Photo, top right: Kevin Tringale