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Current Awareness 2018: March

General topics of interest

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

Human rights commission

south african human rights commission

The South African Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.


The Aurum Institute

the auram institute

The Aurum Institute is a proudly African, public-benefit organisation.

With over 19 years’ experience in leading the response, treatment and research efforts to eradicate TB and HIV. We have been working alongside government, the mining industry, among NGO’s and in communities to better understand global health challenges to provide real solutions.


Ida Institute

The Ida Institute is an independent, non-profit organization working to integrate person-centered care in hearing rehabilitation. We aim to enable people with hearing loss to take an active role in their care by expressing their needs and preferences. Together with hearing care professionals around the world, we develop free tools and resources to strengthen the counseling process. Our website is a collaborative space where we invite you to share knowledge, information and resources.

Test your own hearing here

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

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:




Looking for Upcoming 2018 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2018's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden Oldies


Strong identities and endorsement of human rights : conflictive or complementary? by J Ziems and Abs. In: South African Journal of Higher EducationVolume 31 Number 6, Dec 2017, p. 151 - 166


In higher education, students are exposed to people with diverse backgrounds and opinions and frequently are challenged to participate in scientific discussions on controversial issues. The article discusses the implications of two theoretical approaches within psychology for the meaning of identity in dealing with diversity. Social and developmental psychologists have opposing views on identity: While the former claim that a strong sense of identity leads to competition for resources, to intolerance, to the devaluation of outgroups and, finally, to conflict, the latter argue that a weak sense of identity leads to totalitarian ideologies and intolerance towards deviating beliefs. We review literature on the implications and effects deriving from social and developmental psychology and integrate them in a model which explains how building a strong sense of identity can promote tolerance and the endorsement of human rights. In particular, we explore the importance of tolerance defined as acting towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood because the devaluation of the ‘other’ often is seen as the first step towards violence.


The Life Esidimeni tragedy : a human-rights perspective - review by B A Ferlito and A Dhai. In: South African Journal of Bioethics and Law Volume 10 Number 2, Dec 2017, p. 52 - 54

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) affirms that all human beings are entitled to core rights essential to human fulfilment. Although all human rights are important, the ICESCR’s guarantee of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health may be the most significant. Having good health is necessary for human wellbeing. Paramount to this is the freedom of individuals to exercise their human rights. As seen with the Life Esidimeni tragedy, people with mental illnesses often find it more difficult than others to achieve the fulfilment of their rights. This article discusses human-rights legal instruments, and focuses on the rights to health, life and dignity in the context of the tragedy. It also examines how the realisation of human rights can have meaningful results for mentally ill people.

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