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Current Awareness 2020: April

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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

April's website of the month

The official website of the International Labour Organization is a reliable source of timely and relevant information, and here you will find sources to support your research and to spark ideas for new research. Bookmark this one!

International Labour Organization

About the ILO

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About the monthly 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 conferences?

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

Golden oldies

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (2010) A Manual for trainers of social accountability. Manila, Philippines: ANSA EAP

Wertheim, Joel O, Chu, Daniel KW, Peiris, Joseph S.M, Kosakovsky Pond, Sergei L, and Poon, Leo L (2013) "A Case for the ancient origin of coronaviruses" Journal of Virology, vol 87, no 12, May, pp 7039-7045

Zuriff, GE (2005) "'Golden Oldies' in a laboratory course in the experimental analysis of behavior" The Behavior Analyst, vol 28, no 1 (Spring), pp 65-72