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.
Website of the month
January's websites of the month are:
The IRR is a classically liberal think-tank promoting the ideas and policy solutions necessary to drive the investment and economic growth that will free South Africa’s people from unemployment, dependency, and poverty.
Ideas are the most powerful influence on any society. Apartheid policy was, for example, only abandoned after its dominant idea of racial separateness was undermined. In the very same way South African policy makers need new ideas with which to promote the investment and economic activity that will draw poor people into jobs and build a more prosperous South Africa.
In delivering on its mandate, SAWS has set itself the following vision:
“A weather and climate centre of excellence providing innovative solutions to ensure a weather ready-region, sustainable development and economic growth.”
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.
Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, visit the
This month's peer-reviewed articles of choice are:
Dadzie, Kofi Q. 2013. Reappraising competing dominant logics for African business research. Journal of African Business, Vol 14 (1), 1 - 6.
Zivkovic, Jelena. 2012. Strengths and weaknesses of business research methodologies: two disparate case studies. Business Studies Journal, Vol. 4 (2), 91-99.
To access thes articles, use Find e-journals to locate the Journal of African Business or Business Studies Journal in EBSCOHOST's Business Source Complete. This database is password controlled: Unisa staff members will be prompted to enter their Network username and password, and Unisa students will be prompted to enter their student number and myUnisa password.