Collections > Microforms & Periodicals


Circulation Policies

Items in this collection do not circulate and must be used within the library.


Microforms & Periodicals is open the same hours that Sherrod Library is open. Please check About the Library > Hours for more information about the department schedule.


Introduction to the Newspaper Collection

Our newspaper holdings are quite extensive and come in a variety of formats, including paper, microfilm, and online. Some major online newspapers offer archives, but only a few of these are free.

At Sherrod Library paper copies of newspapers are kept for three months. Current issues are located in Periodicals, on the second floor of Sherrod Library. Newspaper articles can also be found through databases such as National Newspaper Index and LexisNexis. Older newspapers are stored on microfilm.

Newspaper indexes offer subject indexing to newspaper articles before 1990. The following newspaper indexes are available in Reference at Sherrod Library:

The New York Times Index, 1851-2001.
Johnson City Press, 1960-1992, 1993-1994, 1997-2000 (loose-leaf)
Times (London, England) 1958-1971, 1972-1980.
Wall Street Journal Index, 1957-1984.



The Microforms Collection is located on the second floor of Sherrod Library and is a repository for microform materials such as microfilm,microfiche and microopaques. Scanners can be used to create digitized copies of these resources and are located in the Microforms area on the second floor of Sherrod Library.  The staff in Periodicals can assist you with our scanners. A Microfilm Reader/Printer is also available. It is copy-card operated and makes copies for $ .15 a page. Buy or add value to the card in the Photocopier room on second floor.

We have several microform collections including local newspapers; census, military and court records for selected counties in East Tennessee; the American Periodicals Series; Early British Periodicals; Early American Newspapers; the Library of American Civilization; and several other noteworthy collections.  Reference guides to these materials can be found in the Microforms area.



Sherrod Library is continuing to transition from printed journals to electronic formats. We currently offer approximately 20,000 titles. By far the majority of these are accessible through our online databases. Our print periodicals collection is arranged in four groups: (1) Popular periodicals received this year are featured within the Barbara Jaffe Silvers Reading Collection; (2) academic/scholarly periodicals received this year; (3) 1990 to the last year, and; (4) periodicals prior to 1990 are housed in the compact periodical stacks adjacent to the main Periodicals room.


Barbara Jaffe Silvers Collection

The Barbara Jaffe Silvers Collection & Book Endowment was established by Herbert R. Silvers, a retired ETSU adjunct faculty member, in memory of his late wife, also a former adjunct faculty in the Department of History. A reading area, located in Periodicals on the second floor of Sherrod Library, houses  part of the Silvers book collection.  It is comprised of  nonfiction titles from Ms. Silvers' personal library, several classics of twentieth century literature, and popular books selected from Baker & Taylor's Popular Title Leasing program.


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