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Assignment 4: Part 2: Books: finding, citing & evaluating, salemwitchtrial



  • How did religion influence the persecution of the Salem Witch Trial women?
  • Go to worldcat, type in the keyword box “salem witches,” and it is the second book titled “In the Devils snare: the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692.”
  • Norton, Mary Beth. “In the devil’s snare: the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692.” New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
  • This citation was MLA 7th  ed.
  • This scholarly article is related to my research question because it relates how mental illness the girls suffered from was not recognized as a legitimate or real disease, so the people of the town blamed it on witchcraft. I feel comfortable citing it because it is a primary source of the account from a person during that time.
  • This article is credible because while it may not be scientific, it gives us an insider point of view of the accounts of the two girls being accused and how people in 1692 viewed that and for what reasons.  It is scholarly.
  • Because the salem witch trials were such an early time period in history, it is current because the writing is a primary source from Mary Beth Norton’s point of view of why people may have thought the way they did.
  • I don’t believe this article is biased, because she is telling peoples perspectives from 1692 and not everyone thought the same about witches back then. She is not taking elements from todays point of view about witches and criticizing them for believing in witches, just why they may have thought how they do. I believe if a book is biased, you can use it to cast someones opinion about certain things, but it may not be as credible.

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Assignment 2: Information Ethics, salemwitchtrial

Copyright Infringement

Anna Tingley. Billboard. Chance the Rapper Sued for Copyright Infringement. September 13, 2017.


This is a good example of copyright infringment because a man named Muhammad claims that he never gave Chance the Rapper the right to use a sample of his music and Chance the Rapper is now profiting from his original work. The source also gives information about the legal consequences of using someone else’s work and not giving them credit or not having them give you permission to use their work, such as going to court and being sued and the damages can cost a lot of money.

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Assignment 1: Research Questions , SalemWitchTrial

Question 1. What is your general topic? (1 pts)
The Salem Witch Trials
Question 2. (5 pts.)
a. What is your core question? (4 pts)
How did religion and the Salem Witch Trials influence each other?
b. Explain (in 2-3 sentences) why you chose to research this aspect of the
topic (1 pts)
I am interested in how religion influenced peoples thinking of witches and
how they viewed magic. I also think it is interesting what part of their
religion made them fear these things, and why.
Question 3. (9 pts)
a. Write your research question. (4 pts)
How did religion influence the persecution of Salem “witches?”
b. b. List all of the keywords and key phrases in your research question. (3
Salem witch trials, Salem Witch, Religion and witches
c. List at least 2 alternative keywords/phrases you could use. (2 pts)

Christianity & Witches

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