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THA210: Foundations of Theatrical Production: A Raisin in the Sun: Getting Started

Instructor: Beth Cherne

Popular Databases at Murphy Library

These databases are great starting points for your research.  For excellent subject-specific resources, please browse our Library Guides.  


What is microfilm?

Microfilm is a long strip of film with tiny micro-images of individual pages of journals, newspapers, magazines, etc. It allows for storage of a very large content of information on a single strip of film.

Where is the microfilm in Murphy?

The microfilm collection is on the ground level of Murphy, in large metal file cabinets, back towards the right when you center the main library. Just ask at the reference desk.

How do I use microfilm?

Microfilm is organized alphabetically by journal, newspaper or magazine title. Once you find your title and the date range, take the box back to the microfilm readers, which is behind the microfilm collection in the little alcove where the copiers are. There are manual readers and one digital reader. It's a bit tricky to thread the film, so just ask someone at the reference desk to help you. On the digital reader, you can save to a USB, or download the article and send it to yourself as a pdf or jpg. 

Off-Campus Access

Many library resources, such as the catalog and the periodicals locator, are available anywhere in the world without having to log in.

Most of the information databases and periodicals that the library subscribes to are also available off campus, but only to users affiliated with UWL.

Login procedures are as follows:

  1. At the Murphy Library website, select a database to search.
  2. After you select a database, you will be asked for a username and password. 
  3. Students: In the username box, enter your UWL NetIDExample: lastname.firs
    (Most UWL NetID user names follow this format: first 8 letters of your last name followed by a dot (.) followed by the first 4 letters of your first name.)
  4. Faculty: In the username box, enter your UWL NetIDExample: Flastname
    Most Faculty and Staff UWL NetID user names follow this format: first name initial followed by the last name.)
  5. DO NOT include or as part of your username.
  6. In the password box, enter your UWL NetID password
  7. Remember, you will use the exact same user name and login as you use to login to D2L and to on-campus computers - your NetID

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