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.
Founded in 1998 by Denis Dutton, and purchased in 2002 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Arts & Letters Daily is a free service. It is a vehicle for intellectual exchange, and brings together a substantial archive of links to articles, book reviews and essays on the world of art and ideas. Dutton described it as 'a reading list - with attitude'. The site can be followed on Twitter, Facebook or a weekly email.
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.
1 May Workers' Day
14 May Mother's Day
25 May Africa Day (African Union)
If you are looking for 2017's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:
This month's article of choice:
The following article is one of the most cited articles in Social Work.
HODGE, David R. 'Spiritual assessment: A review of major qualitative methods and a new framework for assessing spirituality.' Social Work, July 2001, vol. 46, no. 3, pp 203-214.
"Abstract: This article introduces a new qualitative spiritual assessment instrument. It reviews existing qualitative assessment tools and presents a new multidimensional spiritual assessment framework. The instrument consists of two components: a spiritual history in which consumers relate their spiritual life story in a manner analogous to a family history and an interpretive framework to assist practitioners in eliciting and synthesizing the full potentiality of strengths extant in clients' spiritual fives. Common spiritual strengths the framework is designed to evoke are discussed, and a number of interventions based on prevalent spiritual strengths are suggested." [From the MasterFILE Premier database].
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