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Current Awareness Archive: Jul14

What is Current Awareness?

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

Website of the Month

July 2014's website of the month is:

Commemorative events in celebration of the late  former SA president Nelson Mandela's birthday. More news on Mandela Month from the SA Government News Agency.

About the Monthly Current Awareness Page

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.

July 2014

Selected Noteworthy Days in July 2014

July is  Moral Regeneration Month in South Africa

World Independence Days in July

5 July  Vodacom Durban July Handicap

11 July  World Population Day

18 July  Nelson Mandela Day

24 - 25 July Limpopo Wine Show (Polokwane)

28 July World Hepatitis Day


In the Media

Police brutalty or accidental death?

No evidence of bribes in arms deal - Mbeki

South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) hikes repo rate

Activist writer Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90

Taxi death-Zuma's son wont be charged

Hundreds die as Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine

Serious about e-toll review - Makhura

Modise's farm: 'Workers starved too'

Eugene de Kock denied parole

SABCs Motsoeneng made permanent COO

Zulu leaders to make massive land claim

Israel continues deadly Gaza offensive

Germany kicks out top US spy

 Germany’s crushing of Brazil becomes most tweeted sports game ever


The Current Awareness Archive is arranged first by month, in descending chronological order.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you cannot find what you are looking for.


Looking for Upcoming 2014 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2014's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden Oldies

This month's Golden Oldie publication is the following book :

Krathwohl, D.R. 2005. How to prepare a dissertation proposal: suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioural sciences. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Topics covered in this book include: writing a research proposal, how to approach writing a research proposal and common mistakes to avoid when writing a research proposal.

This book is available at the Unisa Library and can be requested via:

OR myUnisa: > Library > Library catalogue

OR mobile access (AirPAC):