Microform is a general term for any material that contains a small image or microreproduction of a document. These document images are usually found on film, however some older formats used cardboard. There are two common film formats: microfilm and microfiche. Microfilm is a roll of images, much like a movie reel, while microfiche is a flat sheet of microfilm. Since the images are so small, special readers/scanners are used to view the documents. Microforms help to save space. Thousands of newspapers, journals or government documents can be stored in a few cabinets.
A microfilm reader is a device used in projecting and magnifying images stored in microform to readable proportions. Microform includes flat film, microfilm, aperture cards, microfiche, and ultra fiche.
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