How to Find Stuff: A Microfilm Lesson in Three Parts

Part I: The Task Is Set

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Your dad emails you and is all “Hey, you’re at the Newberry Library in Chicago doing a super intensive research program. In your oh-so-abundant abundant spare time, you can look up this dude from our family history on microfilm!” You agree, because sarcasm appeals to your sensibilities and there’s beer involved.

Part II: The Hunt Proceeds

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Go to the Newberry Library. Look that dude up!

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Get the microfilm from the endlessly helpful librarians.

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Get distracted reading about other stuff in the document.

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Find the dude!

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Find out that one microfilm reader always tells the truth and the other always lies only makes hard copies and the other only makes digital copies, for which you need a jump drive, an item that you conveniently left in another city.

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Get the file emailed to you by one of the aforementioned endlessly helpful librarians.

Part III: Rejoicing is Heard Throughout the Inbox

Celebrate your triumph over technology with a beer.

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