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Current Awareness Archive: Oct2015

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

Rugby World Cup England 2015


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Breast Cancer Awareness


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.

October 2015

Selected Noteworthy Days in October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Cancer is a complex, life-threatening disease which affects millions of South Africans. CANSA is very concerned about the high incidence of cancer and is working hard to help South Africans to reduce their cancer risk, help them to detect it early and facilitate care and support to those who are diagnosed, as well as their loved ones.

 Cancer is any malignant growth or tumour caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division. If not stopped, it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or blood stream.

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Events happening in South Africa


Health Awareness events 

Cultural celebrations in October


Fun culinary observances for the month of October


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. 

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Looking for Upcoming 2015 Conferences?

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

National Research Foundation


Conference Alerts

Highlights of conferences / events in August:

Jul 30 - Aug 02, 2015
New York City
Aug 02-06, 2015
Aug 04-06, 2015
Kempton Park
Aug 05-07, 2015
Unisa, Pretoria
Aug 11-13, 2015
Aug 12-13, 2015
Cape Town
Aug 15-21, 2015
Aug 25-28, 2015
Cape Town 
Aug 26-29, 2015
Cape Town
Aug 31 - Sep 02, 2015 

Golden Oldies


Clinicians who deal with numerous cases of breast cancer are aware of the fact that there is some relationship between childbearing and breast cancer, and also that nulliparous women are probably more prone to breast cancer than their parous sisters.