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Current Awareness Archive: Nov2016

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

Websites of the month

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

The main roles of UN Women are:

  • To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
  • To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
  • To lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the:

  • elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
  • empowerment of women; and
  • achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.


Keep up to date with the US election through Politico.Image result for politico logo

POLITICO is the essential destination for coverage and analysis of politics, policy and power.
POLITICO Events are an extension of our journalism. The convening power of our journalists brings together newsmakers, policymakers, and thought-leaders to advance the national conversation.



This day in history

November 1 1968   The movie ratings system is first implemented by Hollywood.

November 1 1604   William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello is presented for the first time.

November 2 1920   The first commercial radio station starts broadcasting. It begins with the results of the U.S. presidential election.

November 2 2000   The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.

November 3 1913   An income tax is first introduced in the USA.

November 4 2003   The largest-ever solar flare is recorded.

November 5 1872   In defiance of the law, Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time.

November 5 1895   A U.S. patent for an automobile is granted.

November 6 1913   Mohandas Gandhi is arrested in South Africa while leading a march of Indian miners.

November 7 1665   The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.

November 7 1929   The Museum of Modern Art opens to the public in New York City.

November 8 1995   Wilhelm Rontgen discovers x-rays when experimenting with electricity

November 9 1921   Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics

November 10 1871   Henry Morton Stanley finds the missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone saying the famous phrase "Dr. Livingston I presume?"

November 11 1675   Integral calculus is demonstrated for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function.

November 12 1990   Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.

November 13 1990   The first known World Wide Web page is written.

November 14 1971   Mariner 9 reaches Mars and becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

November 15 1920   League of Nations holds it's first assembly in Geneva.

November 15 1971   Intel releases world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor.

November 16 1896   First transmission of electricity between a power plant and a city was sent from the Niagara Falls hydroelectric plant to Buffalo, New York.

November 17 1970   The computer mouse is patented by Douglas Engelbart.

November 18 2001   The Nintendo Gamecube is first released in the United States.

November 19 1969   Astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.

November 20 1979   The 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs in the US.

November 21 1877   The invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record sound, is announced by Thomas Edison.

November 21 1922   Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia becomes the first woman United States Senator.

November 22 1922   Howard Carter finds the Egyptian tomb of Tutankhamun.

November 23 1897   The pencil sharpener is patented.

November 24 1963   JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is shot and killed on live national television.

November 25 2002   US President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law.

November 26 1922   Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.

November 28 1919   Lady Astor becomes the first female member of the UK parliament.

November 29 1929   U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.

November 30 1991   The 1st world championship of women's soccer takes place. The U.S. defeats Norway 2-1


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 2016

Selected Noteworthy Days in November:

3 Nov 2016 to 3 Dec 2016 Disability Rights Awareness Month 2016

5 Nov 2016  National Children's Day 2016

6 Nov 2016 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2016

10 Nov 2016  World Science Day for Peace and Development 2016

14 Nov 2016  World Quality Day 2016

20 Nov 2016  Universal Children's Day 2016

20 Nov 2016  Africa Industrialisation Day 2016

20 Nov 2016  World Remembrance Day (WRD) for Victims of Road Accidents 2016

21 Nov 2016 World Fisheries Day 2016

25 Nov 2016 to 10 Dec 2016 16 Days of Activism 2016                                                       

25 Nov 2016  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2016

In the Media

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Women in Politics

Women in Politics 2015

Women in Government 2011

Where in the World are Women Leaders

Women in the Boardroom


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

Looking for Upcoming 2016 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2016's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:


Golden Oldies

This month's golden oldies articles of choice are in keeping with the state capture theme currently in the news:


Very few observers, either inside or outside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thought that when Joseph Kabila took over from his slain father he would, within a few years, mobilise the Congolese in a negotiation process that would create the best chance for peace and democracy in the country's history. Political negotiation, which began in Lusaka in 1999 and was successfully concluded in South Africa in 2003 under the leadership of South African President Thabo Mbeki, blew gales of change into the DRC with major consequences for the country. The negotiation process has brought former belligerents together in a government of national unity and created a Parliament that has drafted and adopted the Constitution of the 3rd Republic. The country is now ready for its third democratic election in 44 years. But serious challenges remain before an election can be organised and bring sustainable peace to the country.

Publication Year 2005
Publication Month Jun
Volume Number Vol 4
Issue Number Issue 1
Pages p.165-180
Journal Title Journal of African Elections
Author(s) Kabemba, Claude
ISSN 16094700
Indexed By Sabinet Online
Language English

This article focuses on the issue of political corruption. It uses a public office approach to analyse eAlite attitudes to political corruption in the wake of South Africa's recent political transition. The findings are based on a comparison of data obtained from surveys conducted during 1995 and 2000. Attitudes towards political corruption are evaluated in terms of the key independent variable, namely party affiliation. Of the three levels of government, local government was considered to be the most corrupt level of government by most of the respondents. A corruption index indicating changes in opinions on how effective government controls corruption, measured a decrease in effectiveness over the period 1995 to 2000. Finally, consideration is given to the various means of controlling corruption, including the role of the judiciary and media.

Publication Year 2002
Volume Number Vol 21
Issue Number Issue 1
Pages 5-24
Journal Title Politeia
ISSN 02568845
Indexed By Sabinet Online
Language English