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Current Awareness Archive: May2016

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.

Website of the Month

Website of the Month

May's website of the month is:

Lawyers for Human Rights 

This website offers a wealth of information about the activities of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and topical human rights issues in South Africa, including, the rights of refugees and migrants, the Mozambican Mineworkers Project, penal reform, land and housing, and farm workers, among others. See also LHR's pioneering project Help@hand which offers non-nationals and vulnerable South African groups a mobile information service on permits, health, education, unlawful arrest, legal rights, and more.  


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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.

In the Media

SABC to play 90% local music on its radio stations

Constitutional Court rules Vodacom must pay Nkosana Makate, former employee, for inventing the popular 'Please Call Me' service

Social media lawyer, Emma Sadlier, comments on South Africa's Online Regulation Policy and the criminalisation of "revenge porn"

Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill (B6-2016)

Book Review: Paul Tyson reviews And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis, which deals with Europe's current financial and political crisis

Video:  Technical Change Turns Basic Income into a Necessity: Address to the Future of Work Conference, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland on 5th May 2016 by Yanis Varoufakis 

The science of using research and why it starts with the policymaker - this article also includes a link to the landmark report Using evidence to reflect South Africa's 20 years of democracy

BBC News on Brexit: The UK's European Union referendum - all you need to know 

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal lifts ban on rhino horn trade. See also: South African Development Community's Law Enforcement and Anti-Poaching Strategy 2016-2021 (dated August 2015)

UK Government cracks down on cold callers who hide or disguise their phone numbers

Highly skilled South African women opt for emigration because of limited career opportunities

Country Statistical Profile: South Africa 2016 (OECD)

OECD Data on South Africa - a helpful source of indicators on everything from youth not in employment, education or training to South Africa's air and GHG emissions to municipal waste

Two divers recover hoard of bronze statues and coins from sunken merchant ship (Late Roman period) in the harbour of Caesarea, Israel

John Kane-Berman of the Institute of Race Relations publishes paper entitled 'From Land to Farming: Bringing Land Reform Down to Earth' 

Complexity theory and complexity thinking applied to development programmes 

Slide Show: Future Technology Institute: 2016 Tech Trends Report 

World Health Organization: Zika Situation Report as at 12th May 2016


Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, visit the Archive

Golden Oldies

This month's golden oldie is an article on helping students to develop academic writing skills:

Pfeifer, Healther L. and Ferree, Caroline W. (2006) 'Tired of "reeding" bad papers? Teaching research and writing skills to Criminal Justice students' Journal of Criminal Justice Education, vol 17, no 1, p 121-142.

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