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
June 2014's website of the month is:
Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA), a non-profit Company, with a Section 18A status (i.e. donor funds are tax deductible by the donor organization) PBO No: 18/11/13/1568, governed by Board of Directors comprising business leaders representing industry and commerce, including members, executives and office bearers of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).
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 June 2014
4-5 June The G7 Summit takes place in Brussels, Belgium.
5 June World Environment Day 2014
5-7 June The International Conference on Energy and Management (ICEM) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey this year.
1-7 June Child Protection Week 2014
9-13 June The Tax Indaba 2014 will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre and is focused on bridging the gap between tax practitioners, corporate tax advisors and regulators.
11 June The Fourth Annual High-Level Anti-Corruption Conference for G20 Governments and Business will be held in Rome, Italy.
12 June World Day Against Child Labour
16 June Youth Day
20-28 June 23rd African Union Summit
21-22 June The 5th International Conference on Education and Information Management will take place in Durban, South Africa.
26-28 June Historical Association of South Africa (HASA) Biennial Conference will be held at the Innovation Center, University of KwaZulu Natal, in Durban.
Full transcript of Pesident Obama's Foreign Policy Commencement Speech address at West Point.
According to the A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, South Africa moves up two spots from 2013. Get the full freport here.
Brazil is hosting the Soccer World Cup from 12 June to 13 July. Visit World Cup 2014 for news about the tournament!
WEF report not an accurate reflection of SA’s education system, department says. (www.bdlive.co.za)
Revision of King III report to help smaller entities. (www.bdlive.co.za)
Google's new self-driving car has no steering wheel or brake. (www.cnn.com)
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This month's Golden Oldie publication is the following article:
Bryman, A, 2007. The research question in social research: What is its role?. International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory & Practice, Vol 10(1), 5-20.
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