March 7th, 2012

Microfische scanner

A microfiche scanner? What the hey is that? For those of you who never had to use one, a microfiche scanner was how you would look up old newspaper articles. On film no less. To tell the truth, it was kinda fun to sit in a dark room and find articles. It made us feel like a detective or intrepid reporter. But it was a slow process.

These days, it is much easier. Looking for an article from the Chicago Tribune, NY Times, Wall Street Journal or other newspaper?  You can check out the Chicago Public Library’s free access to hundreds from around the world. Pretty sweet. And easy. Now we just need a cold case or hot lead to follow up on.

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