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Our Playbook on OSU History

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Searching the Alumni Magazine and the Lantern online

The University Archives is excited to announce the release of the alumni magazine online archives.  We have digitized the magazine from its creation in 1909 until 1979.  Later issues are currently in the process of being scanned and will be available soon.

The alumni magazine is located with the Lantern at  For more information on how to search the site, please see our previous post about searching the Lantern.

You can limit your searching between the publications by clicking on the “All titles” button under “Filter your search”

You can then check or un-check the title you would like to search within.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Using the Lantern Digital Archives

OliveSoftware has been hard a work updating the interface, so we’ve update our guide to the Lantern Digital Archives!

Images that have been updated have text in black boxes instead of the original red.

To help you make the most of the new features (and find some of your old favorites) we’ve put together this blog to walk you through the new look. Click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Just like in the old Lantern Archives you can search and browse. One of the most important changes is that the new version doesn’t allow you to navigate between pages with your browser’s navigation, so don’t click the back button to get to a previous page. Use the menu at the top right to move between search results and articles.


If you just want to do a basic search, you can use the search box that appears at the top of the home page. If you click “Search” in the menu at the top right of the homepage, you’ll be taken to the page shown below with many more advanced search options.


The ability to browse was present in the old interface, but it’s much simpler and easier to use in this new version. One of the most fun parts is being able to flip through the paper as it would have appeared originally.


Once you’ve selected an article, either through searching or browsing, it will open in a window like this:

*OCR is optical character recognition. Read more.

My Collection

This is another new feature. You can click the star in the upper left corner of an article window (see above) to add the article to your My Collection page.


As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Enjoy exploring the new interface!

Using the Knowledge Bank

The Knowledge Bank is OSU’s institutional repository. If you want to learn more about what an institutional repository is, you can read the KB’s FAQ page, but for the purposes of this tutorial, you only need to know that it’s a place the University Archives stores digital content because it keeps our files safe and accessible for users.

As with most databases, there are two main ways to find content in the Knowledge Bank: searching and browsing. Below you will find a brief discussion of how to do both.

You can click any of the images below to make them larger.



The Knowledge Bank is made up of communities, or different departments or organizations on campus that have contributed content. The University Archives community contains all of our Knowledge Bank content.





There is a search bar at the top of every KB page. If you want to run a basic search, use this.




There is also an Advanced Search function if you are looking for something more specific.



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