The Aquinas has been the student voice
of the University of Scranton, and before that St.
Thomas College, for more than 70 years. Although the
Aquinas began in 1916 as a combination literary and
college news magazine as well as yearbook, it became
a student newspaper in 1931. It serves as a primary
source for University history and is now coming to
a computer screen near you.
Weinberg Memorial Library, with the support of the
Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, will be
putting the back issues of the Aquinas online in a
searchable format. The Library has contracted with
OCLC to have Preservation Resources of Bethlehem microfilm
the Aquinas and then to have the microfilm scanned
to create searchable files of all surviving copies
of the Aquinas using software created by Olive Inc.
The online Aquinas provides access to the archives
of the newspaper to the University community, alumni
and other interested parties 24 hours a day without
risking damage to the fragile original newspapers.
The files of the online Aquinas will be hosted on
a server provided by Olive. The original newspapers
and microfilm copies will continue to be available
in Weinberg Library and Special Collections.
The scanned Aquinas files will be made searchable
by Olive software, which was specifically designed
to work with newspaper formatting. Olive software
analyzes and indexes the different parts of the newspaper
such as articles, graphics, and advertisements. This
process allows more complex searching capabilities.
Consequently, someone looking only for photographs
of a certain event can limit the search to graphics.
Olive Software allows the user to view the newspaper
in its original layout and typeface. Olive automatically
indexes the newspaper making keyword searching of
the entire newspaper easy to accomplish. A search
results page lists articles matching the keywords.
The results page contains thumbnail images of the
titles of the relevant articles. The user clicks on
the article and the search terms are highlighted within
the text. The articles can then be read and/or printed
by the user. Olive promises full access to the existing
and future issues of the Aquinas for alumni, students,
faculty, staff, administrators, and the general public
from any Internet connected computer.
The Aquinas from 1931 through 2003 will be available
this spring. Future years will be added periodically.
The online Aquinas will be available by a link from
the Special Collections and University Archives homepage
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