Group test: Salem Mather “witch trials”

A timely group test for open-access search:

JURN group test: Salem Mather “witch trials”
October 2014. Searching for free full-text scholarly articles, theses or book chapters in English, with discussion of Cotton Mather’s role in the famous Salem witch trials. Search used:   Salem Mather “witch trials”. Clicked through on possible results, and briefly evaluated.
DOAJ 0 Used ‘Article’ search. 0 from zero results.
Journal Click 0 2 ‘possibles’ from six results. But neither were counted, as they were in no way focussed on Mather.
JournalTOCS 0 0 from zero results.
Ingenta Connect 0 0 from zero results.
Journal Seek 0 0 from zero results.
Paperity 0 0 from zero results.
Mendeley 0 0 relevant results on first two pages of results. Searched ‘Articles’ only, then filtered for Open Access articles only.
OAlib 0 Looked at the first three pages of results.
CORE 1 Filtered search by English language. Looked at first three pages of results. The book Cotton Mather and Salem witchcraft was from 1868, and consisted of articles reprinted from the Boston Advertiser. The other result was only tangential, a single-page book review.
Microsoft Academic 1 1 from two results.
Google Scholar 1 Examined first 60 results. Google Books links not counted. Several of the full-text links were “404 Not Found”. Best article was “Dutch New York and the Salem Witch Trials: Some New Evidence” with light discussion of Mather throughout, although he was not the focus of the article. Ranking high was an interesting article on the possibility of hallucinatory mycotoxins in Salem food, but this had only a fleeting naming of Mather.
OATD 2 2 from two results, both useful for an in-depth researcher. “Cotton Mathers’s Wonders of the Invisible World: An Authoritative Edition” was one, and a strong article “American identity at a crossroads: Cotton Mather’s Wonders of the Invisible World“.
NDLtd 2 2 from three results. The same two results as OATD (see above).
BASE 2 2 of five results. The same two results as OATD (see above). Searched ‘Verbatim’ on ‘Entire Document’, “Boosted” open access documents in results. Several results were ancient 1891 newspaper articles from the Deseret News.
Digital Commons Network 2 2 from seven results.
Google Search 2 Forced verbatim, and used a Web browser not signed in to Google. Examined first 50 results. One good modern result, and one possibly useful article from 1886.
OPENDoar 8 8 strong candidates. Examined first 50 results. Some duplicates and clutter.
JURN 20   Checked first 50 results, not counting book reviews and a couple of duplicates. Most results were on-topic but only mentioned Mather in passing or fairly briefly.

Paperity, a rip of open access articles

A fab new open access site called Paperity has ripped all the open access articles from hybrid journals, into a TOCs directory and article pages, along with a basic search tool. I also noticed SAGE Open while trawling through the 2,000 or so titles, but otherwise it seems to be wall-to-wall Almost all the journals are science, but here’s my filtering of just the JURN-related journal titles (and, of those, the ones with at least some OA articles)…

African Archaeological Review
American Journal of Dance Therapy
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences
Archival Science
Archives and Museum Informatics
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Asian Journal of Business Ethics
Children’s Literature in Education
Contemporary Islam
Contemporary Jewry
Continental Philosophy Review
Criminal Law and Philosophy
Dao (Taoist)
European Journal of Futures Research
Identity in the Information Society
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
International Journal of Anthropology
International Journal of Hindu Studies
International Journal of Historical Archaeology
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Jewish History
Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Journal of Archaeological Research
Journal of Business Ethics
Journal of Cultural Economics
Journal of Ethics, The
Journal of Indian Philosophy
Journal of Maritime Archaeology
Journal of Philosophical Logic
Journal of Poetry Therapy
Journal of Religion and Health
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of the Knowledge Economy
Journal of World Prehistory
Law and Philosophy
Marketing Letters
Neophilologus (medieval books and literature)
Neohelicon (literature)
Philosophical Studies
Philosophy & Technology
Publishing Research Quarterly
Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Review of Religious Research
Sexuality & Culture
Studies in East European Thought
Studies in Philosophy and Education
Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
Water History

Since these are all indexed by Google, all OA articles from Springer are now showing up on JURN searches (if they weren’t already being brought in via JURN’s indexing of I’ve also added the above journal links to the JURN Directory, with a “(via Paperity)” rider.

Adobe SpyBook

Ooops. Not content with having its Acrobat PDF reader be an ongoing and huge security risk, it seems Adobe now actively spies on its ebook readers: “Adobe sends your reading logs back to Adobe — in plain text”

Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader — an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending libraries — actively logs and reports every document readers add to their local “library” along with what users do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic … to follow along over readers’ shoulders.

Working MOOCs

“Learning in an introductory physics MOOC”, an MIT paper…

“In summary, our MOOC produced significant and roughly equal learning for all of the cohorts differentiated along several axes”

So MOOCs work, at least for learning physics. Which is just as well. Since there are few other scalable ways to deliver advanced quality-assured and corruption-free education, for the brightest of the coming 2 billion people who are set to join the middle classes by 2030.


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