Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.
The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective.
Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up your search profile) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.
Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.
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Website of the Month
May 2014's website of the month is:
South Africa celebrates 20 Years of Freedom
“This momentous occasion presents an opportunity for us to reflect on how our freedom and democracy were achieved; the progress we have made the past 20 years; and on how South Africans will work together to implement Vision 2030.”
also follow the South African History Online Facebook pages.
The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.
This monthly post will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.
Selected Noteworthy Days in May 2014
On 1 May, South Africa celebrated Worker's Day. This day celebrates the role played by Trade Unions, and other labour movements in the struggle against Apartheid.
3 May is World Press Freedom Day.
5-11 May: UN Global Road Safety Week
The 2014 South African general election was held on 7 May, to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province.
7-9 May: The World Economic Forum on Africa comes to heart of Africa. "The summit in 2014 is poised to build on the progress made in the 2013 meeting that looked at “Delivering Africa’s Promise” by exploring ways to “Forge Inclusive Growth, (and) Create Jobs”.
12 May: International Nurses' Day
Africa Day is on 25 May
31 May: World No Tobacco Day
Find the latest news for the South African elections 2014, covering news items from the major news publishers. Also make sure to visit the web page of the The Independent Electoral Commission for the latest updates.
A Universal Ballot Template (UBT) has been developed by The Electoral Commission (IEC) and the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) to assist persons with disabilities and special needs to have an independent and secret vote during elections.
South Africa's Millennials: What do they want? (Moneyweb.co.za)
The Current Awareness Archive is arranged first by month, in descending chronological order.
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This month's Golden Oldie publication is the following article:
The article “The Dishonesty of Honest People: A Theory of Self-Concept Maintenance” by Nina Mazar, On Amir, and Dan Ariely, received the William F. O’Dell award in 2012. The article appeared in the June 2008 (Volume 46, Number 6) issue of Journal of Marketing Research. The paper was selected because of its impact on academia, practice, and policy.
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