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Why Use Newspapers?


Newspaper articles can provide a useful source of information, serving as a primary source of information about historical and current events. Because newspapers also contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events, they can also serve as a secondary source. Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide a valuable research tool. Continue reading from Ohio State University

Current Microfilm Collection

Westport Standard Mar 1925 - Dec 1925

Westport Herald Jan 1903 - Dec 1955

Westport Town Crier Jan 1940 - May 1970

Fairpress Mar 1954 - June 1975

Fairfield County Fair Mar 1954 - Aug 1960

Westport News Mar 1964 - current

Minuteman Oct 1993 - Oct 2017

Wall Street Journal 2001 - 2006

Scientific American Jan 1953 - June 2010

Time 1924 - 2010

New York Times Jan 2014 - current

How to Use Our Microfilm


1. First pick the Microfilm that you would like to view.

2. Go onto the computer and click on the icon labeled ViewScan Premium

3. Pull out the tray at point C to allow you to feed the microfilm under the transparent plate

4. Next take the roll of film and insert it at point A, making sure the roll is facing to the right and overhand.

5. You'll want to spool the film as indicated from point A to B in this picture (under, under, and over):

6. Secure the end of the film in point B

7. Push the tray back in at point C so that the microfilm is directly under the camera

8. Using the forward and backwards buttons you can now look through the roll at your own pace!

9. Once you've found what you're looking for you have the option to email it to yourself, save to USB, or print. Ask how at the reference desk!

Don't forget our digital newspapers! Check out ProQuest to see our online databases.