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Current Awareness Archive: Nov2015

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

November's website of the month is:

TED: Ideas worth spreading

TED started in 1984 as a conference revolving around technology, entertainment and design, and over the years it has evolved into a platform for exchanging a wide range of ideas from many disciplines. This site always has something thought-provoking and informative to offer. 

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.

November 2015

Selected Noteworthy Days in November 2015:

November is known as Movember when men grow moustaches to raise awareness of men's health issues.

It also sees the beginning of 16 Days of Activism: 25 Nov - 10 December 16 Days of Activism for Violence Against Women and Children 2015 

1 Nov      All Saints' Day   

2 Nov      All Souls' Day

5 Nov      Guy Fawkes' Day

6 Nov      SADC Malaria Day (Southern African Development Community)

14 Nov   United Nations (UN) World Diabetes Day

16 Nov   UN International Day for Tolerance

19 Nov   UN World Toilet Day

19 Nov   UN World Philosophy Day

20 Nov   UN Universal Children's Day

21 Nov   UN World Television Day

25 Nov   UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

26 Nov   Thanksgiving (celebrated in the United States)

29 Nov   UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

In the Media

'South African breakthrough for cancer diagnosis' (2015), 12 November

'Changes to car licence renewal' (2015) IOL (Independent Online Media), 2 November

Fleischer, Evan (2015) 'Americans can and should be learning African languagesQuartz, 10 November

Ensor, Linda (2015) 'Fees shortfall will be funded from budget, says DepartmentBusinessDayLive, 5 November

'Climate change: Will SA run out of water?news24, 23 November

McCants, William (2015) 'The believer: How an introvert with a passion for religion and soccer became Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State' Brookings Institution Essay, 1 September

Wood, Graeme (2015) 'What ISIS really wantsThe Atlantic, March. See also the following book in the Unisa Library's collection: Richardson, Louise (2006) What terrorists want: Understanding the enemy, containing the threat. New York: Random House, shelved in the Postal Collection, so you will need to request the book online as this Collection is closed to browsing.

Enright, Michael (2015) 'No one puts their children in a boat unless ...The Sunday Edition (CBCRadio), 13 September

'Migrant crisis: Migration to Europe explained in graphics' (2015) BBCNews, 9 November

Colijn, Ko ... [et al.] (2015) 'Paris: 11/13/15: Analysis and policy optionsClingendael and ICCT Policy Brief (Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations and International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague), November

Zakaria, Fareed (2015) 'Trump and the Republican crack-upFareed Zakaria, 13 November

Live Science Staff (2015) 'Weekend reading: The best science stories of the weekLiveScience, 22 November

Knapton, Sarah (2015) 'Bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh had tooth decay because "Christopher Robin" fed it honeyThe Telegraph, 20 November

'Gene therapy prevents muscular dystrophy in dogs' 2015, 26 October and Yue, Yongping 'Safe and bodywide muscle transduction in young adult Duchenne muscular dystrophy dogs with adeno-associated virusHuman Molecular Genetics, vol 24, no 20, pp 5880-5890 (click on the link to Full Final Text Oxford Journals - you will be prompted at some stage to enter your student number and myUnisa password or your Unisa staff Network login username and password) 

'Malaria protein that kills cancers to begin human trials by 2019' (2015), 19 October 2015

'Ebola vaccine is 100% successful' (2015), 3 August

Cho, Adrian (2015) 'Mathematician claims breakthrough in complexity theoryScience (American Association for the Advancement of Science), 10 November


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:

Golden Oldies

November's Golden Oldie is a classic written in 1977 and now in its 23rd edition. The Library has two copies of this book:

ECO, Umberto (2015) How to write a thesis, translated by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina; foreword by Francesco Erspamer. Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA: The MIT Press (Massachusets Institute of Technology).

Shelved in the Pretoria Open Collection at 378.242 ECOU on the 7th floor.