Fixed broken URLs on my rescue-listings page for full-text articles from the South African Journal of Art History.
Added to the JURN index: Living Books About Life, a new series of open ‘overlay’ books (like overlay ejournals), funded by the JISC.
Cairn is reportedly developing…
“…an international edition which will provide an interface in English, enabling non-French speaking scholars to discover content of interest published in French.”
Although Google already handles that interface translation automatically, and in a very speedy and seamless manner. And most Cairn articles appear to have substantial abstracts in English, complete with English keywords. JURN already directly indexes the circa-239,000 open PDF articles that are freely available via Cairn.
The top 100 Wikipedia contributors are reportedly to get access to JSTOR for free.
Added to the JURN index…
Decalages (Althusser studies)
Tricker’s Way (concept of the trickster)
Middle Ground Journal (world history)
JURN Search has been fully checked for the continuing presence of indexed articles on the Google Search results, via the use of adapted software meant for checking SEO back-links. The last such in-depth ‘linkrot’ check and repair was done in May 2012. Both the JURN Directory and the JURN search-engine are now as up-to-date as they can be.
Inside Higher Ed has a useful summary of new large-scale research on “How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals”.
Small Demons is a new search-engine / Pinterest mashup, allegedly for books and literature.
I tried it with the name of the British city “Stoke-on-Trent”. The top three in “People” did include musicians Lemmy and Robbie Williams (both born and raised in the city), but they can hardly be called literary giants. I would at least have expected to see Arnold Bennett up there at No.1. But he’s nowhere to be found.
The “Books” tab of the results was even worse, with nothing relevant in the first page of results. No Arnold Bennett, Charles Tomlinson, Arthur Berry, Sabine Baring-Gould, A.N. Wilson, Jonathan Taylor, Stephen Foster, or even H.G. Wells (for his macabre story “The Cone” set amid the Stoke iron furnaces).
Then I tried the “Places” tab which gave me… no results at all.
Puzzled, I tried with another term, “Charing Cross” which is a famous place in London. I would have expected to see the classic book 84, Charing Cross Road high in the results. But… nothing.
Small Demons looks very pretty, and is apparently backed by most major publishers with a huge database, but it doesn’t seem at all useful for researchers.