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 a search profile matched to your research interests) 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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The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.
This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, 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 June 2015:
The theme for Youth month (2015) is: "Youth Action for Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime".
5 June World Environment Day
3 - 5 June World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 in Cape Town
7 - 8 June G7 Summit 2015 held in Schloss Elau, Bavaria, Germany. The theme is "Think Ahead. Act Together"
7 - 15 June 25th African Union Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The theme is “2015 Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”
8 June World Oceans Day
9 - 12 June 7th SA AIDS Conference 2015 at the Durban ICC under the theme "Reflection, Refocus and Renewal"
2 - 8 June World Heart Rhythm Week
16 June Youth Day
20 June World Refugee Day 2015
15 - 21 June National Epilepsy Week
30 June Social Media Day
The Comrades Marathon 2015 took place on 31st May 2015. Visit South Africa's Comrades Marathon for the results.
Investors show huge interest in SA’s wind and solar programme (www.bdlive.co.za)
Ten technology trends governments need to pay attention to (www.bdlive.co.za)
Obama administration stops work on immigration program (www.washingtonpost.com)
Google begins reporting robocar wrecks (www.cnet.com)
Investment to boost African scientist numbers (www.bdlive.co.za)
Quality development needed to solve crisis of unemployment (www.mg.co.za)
Telkom confirms plan to shed thousands of jobs (www.fin24.com)
Mixed reaction as Zuma releases Marikana report - As it happened (www.news24.co.za)
Flawed police plan blamed for Marikana massacre (www.aljazeera.com)
Greece crisis: markets begin to tumble as investors flee (www.theguardian.com)
Eskom denied tarrif hike. Read all about it here. (www.iol.co.za)
Why Nersa snubbed Eskom (www.fin24.com)
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This month's Golden Oldie publication is the following article:
Wallace, M. & Sheldon, N. 2015. Business research ethics: participant observer perspectives. Journal of business ethics, Vol 128(2), 267-277.
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