Major Microform Collections
The Microform collection is comprised of microfilm, microfiche and microcards. The collection is housed in the Multimedia Center on the 2nd floor of the Library. Listed below are most of the major microform collections. These are by no means the only important sets. There are many smaller collections, special single documents, and studies.
AMERICAN STATE PAPERS AND U.S. SERIAL SET
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980
This set is now available online and covers congressional journals, manuals, directories, reports, and congressional investigative reports. It also contains an extended series of surveys, research and statistical reports and annual reports submitted to Congress by federal agencies. Later materials of a similar nature may be found in ASI and CIS indices, which are located in the Microform collection.
AMERICAN STATISTICS INDEX (ASI)
This set has analytical and narrative reports as well as statistical information published by U.S. government agencies concerning the United States and the world. It includes demographic matters, vital and health statistics, labor and social conditions, science, technology, natural resources, foreign affairs, business and economics. Current indexes are in the Microform collection.
This set is a reference library guide to practical books on village and small community technology. In this edition, 1150 publications from international and U.S. sources are reviewed, covering small water supply systems, renewable energy devices such as water mills and improved cookstoves, agricultural tools and implements, intensive gardening, workshop tools and equipment, crop preservation, housing, health care, forestry, aquaculture, non-formal education, small business management, transportation, small industries and other topics. An index is housed in the Microform area.
The College Catalog set contains catalogs of approximately 4,000 accredited colleges in the U.S. and overseas. Indexes are housed in the Microform area.
CONGRESSIONAL INFORMATION SERVICE (CIS)
These are the working papers of the U.S. Congress. It contains House and Senate reports, hearings, executive reports, documents and special publications such as investigative reports and analyses. It has an extremely wide variety of subjects that are covered in great detail. It provides primary information of great value, representing a broad range of viewpoints and expertise. Current indexes are housed in the Microform area.
EARLY AMERICAN IMPRINTS
This is a facsimile collection of virtually every existent book, pamphlet, and broadside printed in the U.S. in the years 1639 through 1800. Coverage includes religious materials, the work of early American poets, writers, composers, and playwrights, writings of the American revolutionists, and papers of the Continental Congress. The Short Title Index and the American Bibliography are housed in the Microform area and is not available online.
An educational library in itself, ERIC is a collection of research reports, studies, surveys, bibliographies, etc. in every field of education. This also extends to ancillary fields such as the social sciences, psychology, sociology, and health, as well as management and administration. These resources are generally available within this collection. Indexing and some full text are available online through the ERIC database.
HUMAN RELATIONS AREA FILE (HRAF)
This incomplete set contains ethnographic materials providing historical and descriptive background information on several hundred cultures (primarily non-Western) throughout the world. Designed for cross-cultural and comparative research in the social/behavioral sciences, as well as studies of specific cultures. The Master Index provides means for rapid data gathering to support and/or test research. It's useful for research also in many other fields such as art, botany, geography, music, etc. Indexing is found in the Microform area. There are two indexes, Outline of Cultural Materials, and Outline of World Cultures, as well as a bibliography of works cited. The Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM) consists of 700 distinct subject categories, with each category briefly defined and designated by a unique number code. The Outline of World Cultures (OWC) contains an inventory and classification of the cultures of the world, with each distinct culture or group of cultures listed as a separate cultural unit and designated by a name and a unique letter/code called the OWC code. The researcher may use an ethnographic (cultural) as well as a subject approach to retrieve information from the indexes housed in the Microform area.
LIBRARY OF AMERICAN CIVILIZATION (LAC)
The Library of American Civilization is a collection of materials relating to all aspects of American life and literature from its beginnings to the outbreak of World War I. It includes pamphlets, periodicals, documents (both public and private), biographies and autobiographies, fictional works, poetry, material of foreign origin relating to America, and the collected works of virtually every major American author before World War I as well as complete runs of important periodicals of the 1800's and many rare books not generally available. This collection is cataloged on Snoopy as well as having hard copy indexes in the Microform area of the Multimedia Center.
This collection, covering a period of 71+ years, contains a long and comprehensive collection of financial data on corporations and governments.
Newspapers are on microfilm and microfiche housed in the Microform area. (If the newspaper in question is 3 months old or less, it will probably still be in paper copy.) The major titles we have are: The Los Angeles Times (1951-2003), The New York Times ( 1851-2002), The Sacramento Bee (1857-1991), The Santa Rosa Press Democrat (1897-Present), The San Francisco Chronicle (1865-Present), The London Times (1785-1993), The Christian Science Monitor (1976-2000). The Wall Street Journal (1945-2003), The Washington Post (1964-2000). In addition to these main titles, we have an array of obscure titles, some dating back to colonial times, plus other small papers of local origin, back issues of this college's newspaper, and the Underground Newspaper Collection. Print indexes are located in the Microform area. For online newspaper access see the databases list.
This set contains dissertations, theses, and reports on all aspects of physical education and health therapy; including the sociology, philosophy and psychology of physical education with extensive coverage of all fields. Browse the library catalog (Snoopy) for titles.
Many of our periodicals have complete holdings, or partial holdings, in microform. Check in the library catalog (Snoopy). Titles are listed alphabetically, and note the location listed underneath. If you have trouble, go to the Information/Check-Out Desk for help.
If you have any questions concerning the Microform area, call the Information/Check-Out Desk at 664-2375.