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Current Awareness Archive: Jul2015

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 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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Website of the Month

Website of the Month

July 2015's websites of the month are:

Make everyday a Mandela Day: Contributing 67 minutes of our time to help those in need

Moral regeneration month: Working towards a moral society

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, 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.

July 2015

Selected Noteworthy Days in July 2015:

July  is Nelson Mandela Month but also Moral Regeneration Month

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

In the Media

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

Lewis faces fine for selling pensioners retrenchment policies

New NPA boss: I won’t protect anyone


Should you wish to look back and find something you remember being posted here, visit the Archive to find what you are looking for. Note that Dec 2014/ Jan 2015 were archived together. The months from February 2015 onward will remain here until they are archived at the end of the year. 

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


Looking for Upcoming 2015 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2015's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden Oldies

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: Vithal, Renuka, Jansen, Jonathan D. Date: 2010