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Microforms

Overview

The Media Center houses numerous newspapers, books, and journals in the microform area. Microforms can be in one of several formats: film, fiche, or ultra microfiche. All newspapers, journals, and books are filed separately. Film is on a reel, MicroFiche is a small plastic card. ULTRAFICHE is also a small plastic card, but the individual pages on the card are very small. The journals and newspaper are cataloged and are listed by title in the APU Library Catalog (APOLIS2). The machine available in the Media Center accommodates film, fiche, and ultra microfiche.

Library patrons will also find the following two unique ultra microfiche book collections useful for research: the Library of American Civilization and the Library of English Literature.

Library of American Civilization (LAC)

LAC is a collection of materials on ultra microfiche relating to all aspects of American life and literature from their beginnings to the outbreak of World War I. Included in the collection are pamphlets, periodicals, documents, biographies and autobiographies, fictional works, poetry, collections of various kinds, materials of foreign origin relating to America, and many rare books not generally available.

Click here to view an alphabetical list of LAC titles in the APU Library Catalog. To browse the collection by author, title, or subject, consult The Microbook Library of American Civilization.

Note: Digitized copies of many LAC titles can be found in Google Books, Open Library, or Project Gutenberg.

Library of English Literature (LEL)

The Library of English Literature: Basic Collection is a carefully selected cross section of the whole of English literature spanning 1400 years of literary history from Beowulf to 1900. Included are materials from all periods and of all types: poetry, drama, essays, prose fiction, and religious, philosophical, and critical works both contemporary with the period covered and modern. All of the works of major writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton are included along with sufficient materials for textual study. Secondary materials are included if they are of undoubted importance or have become English classics (e.g. Chapman's Homer).

LEL titles are not listed in the APU Library Catalog. For a list of LEL titles, see www.calvin.edu/cgi-bin/lib/permcat.pl?searchdata1=LEL. To browse the collection by author, title, or subject, consult The Microbook Library of English Literature, then visit the Media Center in Marshburn Library to retrieve the microfiche card.

Note: Digitized copies of many LEL titles can be found in Google Books, Open Library, or Project Gutenberg.