What are microforms?
They are documents (such as newspapers or magazines) that are reduced in size and made available in either microfiche or microfilm format.

Back issues of the Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and selected issues of the New York Times are available on microfilm. Older back issues of some magazines may be available on microfilm, microfiche, or microcartridge.

What's the difference between the different formats?
  • Microfilm is on spools, and is threaded onto the reader/printer machine. The microfilm spools are stored in the brown cabinets and drawers along the mauka wall of the first floor.
  • Microfiche are small sheets of film that are placed face-down in the reader/printer. Microfiche sheets are stored in drawers on the first floor. Periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title, and within a title, by date.
  • Microcartridge film is enclosed in a plastic jacket. Microcartridges are labeled "Magazine Collection," and are used with older InfoTrac articles. Microcartridges are stored in the brown drawers along the mauka wall of the first floor.
Reader/printer machines for viewing and and printing microforms are nearby. Copies are ten cents per page. Please do not refile microforms, instead place them on a shelving cart near the reader/printer machine. The Reference Librarian can show you how to use any of the microforms.

The HCC Library Magazine List will show which periodical backfiles are available in microforms.

Magazine List A-C Newspaper List
Magazine List D-H Subject List of Magazines
Magazine List I-N  
Magazine List O-S  
Magazine List T-Z