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Periodicals at Maag Library: Microform Center

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Over one million items are contained in the Microform Center located near the Maag Cafe on Maag Library’s  Level 3.
Microforms represent printed material that has been photographed and reduced in size to save storage space. Microforms require a machine, a reader, to read the print information and a reader/printer to create print copies.


What Types of Materials Are the Microform Collections?

The collections include over 300 newspapers, 1,600 periodicals, 144 special collections, plus rare books and personal papers in a variety of fields. For more information about Microform collections, look below and at the related pages and links listed to the right.
How to Locate Materials in the Microform Center
Most microform titles are listed online in the MaagNet/OhioLINK catalogs while many others can be researched in the print indexes in the Microform Center.   Please feel free to ask Maag staff for assistance.
Call Numbers of Microforms
Most microforms are arranged by a numeric call number.   Unlike the Library of Congress system used in most of the library, the call numbers are not subject related so it is even more important to have the correct  call number to direct you to the proper file cabinet(they all look alike!).    The  microform collection is  arranged by format.


For example: Micro film 001,  Micro film 002, etc.    Micro fiche 001,  Micro fiche 002  - for special collections.

Micro film X001, Micro film  X002, Micro fiche X001, Micro fiche  X002, etc.  - for periodicals,  newspapers, and other serials, an “X” is placed before the number          

How to Make a Copy of Microform Materials
Copies of most microform materials can be obtained from our three reader/printers.  They are available on a first come first serve basis and can be utilized with self service or with staff assistance.
Everything Old is New Again!  Digital Microform Copier Available  in Maag Microform Center
Think green!  Use our  digital microform reader/printer to save microform images of a newspaper article to a disk, jump drive, or e-mail it to yourself.  Most of the one million items in  the Microform Center can be accessed in this manner.  Stop by the microform desk,  Reference desk on the main level or contact the Microform Librarian  if you need any assistance or a demonstration.

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It Doesn't Take a Genius... but

Ash and Smoke: The Holocaust in Salonika

Purchase a YSU Documentary to Benefit Scholarship

Now Available For Purchase!

A joint effort of YSU’s Maag Library, History Department and the Department of Media & Academic Computing, this one hour documentary was broadcast by Public Television’s  Western Reserve Public Media  during the 2011-12 season and will will be rebroadcast in 2013. It will also premiere on WGTE in Toledo. Here is a preview.

This Jambar article discussed the creation of the program. It was featured at the Youngstown Area 2012 Jewish Film Festival and all proceeds from purchased copies  will go to Dr. Friedman's Scholarship fund for history students studying the Holocaust.

According to the records of the Greek government, 56,500 Jewish citizens lived in the city of Salonika on the eve of the Holocaust.   By December 1944 only three remained.  This is their story–and by extension–it is the story of the Jews of Greece.

Copies are only $10.  

The order form is below and can be mailed to:

                                                                  Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies

                                                                        Youngstown State University

                                                                        Youngstown, OH 44555 

Questions can be directed to the Center at  330-941-1604 or

Ash and Smoke  may also be borrowed from the Maag Library's MultiMedia Center, Call number  DVD 0432.

Ash and Smoke order form