COLWRIT 4B: Images of History/Japanese American Internment

How to Scan Microfilm

To save to a flash (USB) drive, make sure you have a flash drive before you start! The Library does not sell flash drives.

1. If necessary, turn power on in this sequence:

  • Microfilm reader
  • PC and monitor

2. On the reader, the "PC/PR" indicator should be set to "PC". If it is not, simultaneously hold the "PC/PR" and the "Shift" buttons down (for over a second). This action will toggle the reader between connections to the scanner (PC) and to the printer (indicated with a number).

3. Load microfilm/microfiche into the reader as usual. Locate the frame to scan and center it on the outlined frame on the reader screen.

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Microfilm & Microfiche

Before digital storage became easy and cheap, microfilm was a way for libraries to maintain large collections of newspapers, government documents, and historical documents while saving physical storage space. Many of the UC Berkeley Libraries still have extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers.

Since each roll of microfilm (or microfiche card) contains thousands of tiny images of the original documents, you'll need a microfilm reader to magnify the images so that you can read, print, and scan the images.

When you search OskiCat or MELVYL you will find materials with the word [microform] in the title; check to see which library owns the item.  To search specifically for microform materials, use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." 

Loading Microfilm: The Movie!


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This short video from the University of Kansas Libraries shows a very similar microfilm reader to the ones owned by UC Berkeley -- but it is not exactly the same. If you have any questions, please ask the staff of the Newspapers and Microforms collection!
Last Update: February 02, 2012 16:59