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Using Microfilm or Fiche

The Library offers several options for accessing microform data, including: viewing, printing, and digitizing.  The Canon Microfilm Scanner 800 (MS-800) is like the older Canon machine (both located in the Law Library’s Media Center) – you can use it to read and print film or fiche, however, it has two notable differences. 

First, the MS-800 has a wide screen, which not only allows for clear viewing of detailed or large-format microfilm images, but also permits dual-page printing.  Second, the MS-800 can scan microfilm or fiche into a digital image directly to the attached PC.  With up to a 600 scanning dpi resolution, the MS-800 will allow you to save the images in the following formats: TIFF, BMP, JPEG, JBIG, PDF (depending on which scanning software you use):

  • Canon Scanning Utility 800 – easy to use, offers 4 file formats (TIFF, BMP, JPEG, JBIG)
  •  eCopy Desktop – easy to use, can save digitized documents in the following formats: TIFF, CPY, PDF.  Can create searchable text, which will then be imbedded behind the PDF.  Using OCR, can also convert the scanned document to editable text (Microsoft Word document).
  • OmniPage 15 – sophisticated OCR software generates the most accurate results and will save scanned documents into over 30 different formats (including Microsoft Word, Excel, XML, PDF and PowerPoint).  OCR proofreader allows you to correct the scanned image while simultaneously viewing a wide context of the document’s original text.

The Canon MS-800 has an attached high speed laser printer.  The cost of printing is 10 cents per page.  There will be no charge for scanning microforms, but you must save any scanned documents to your own storage device (USB flash drive).

As with any resource in the Law Library, please consult a reference librarian if you have any questions or if you need any assistance with using the Canon MS-800.

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