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 July 2015:
01 July Winter is going out but the tax season is here!
02- 12 July Nation Arts Festival
04 July Vodacom Durban July
11 July World Population Day
18 July Nelson Mandela Day
21 July Schools re-open
28 Jul: World Hepatitis Day
Cape scientist creates perfect-miniature-world
Circumcision denier derided
Samwu ready to strike for 11% hike
Court ends school raw
Nkandla makes No. 1 vulnerable
Sylvester the lion might get a new home
Visa laws have cost tourism R1.6bn
SA’s secret Iran deal
Health crisis horrors
Verdict on TB Joshua from Satan
Cosas plan to march to get cheats back in classroom
New NPA boss: I won’t protect anyone
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This month's Golden Oldie publication is the following article:
Title: Designing Your First Research Proposal : A Manual for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences Author: Date: 2010