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
May's website of the month is:
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.
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.
If you are looking for 2016's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:
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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