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Current Awareness 2024: 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.

Websites of the month

ENN Environmental News Network

When ENN was started over twenty years ago, it was our intention that our service would bring attention to the present and future environmental issues facing the health of our planet and the people it supports. Now, in a world where these issues have migrated to the mainstream, we are looking forward and asking: what more can we do to help?

ENN has a serious editorial mission. Our mission is to inform, educate, enable and create a platform for global environmental action.

As a result, our readers are top environmental leaders from government, business and educators, as well as a broad spectrum of "intellectually curious" citizens.

While in the past we were mainly aggregators of environmental news, ENN has become more than just a collection of content. It is rapidly becoming a collection of resources, teachers, experts and tools that provide objective information and knowledge about the increasingly complex field of environmental science.

This distinction is important. As readers drown in too much information, then the sifting, sorting and organizing skills of the staff and editors at ENN becomes more and more critical.

As part of this solution, ENN has, under new management, just entered into a variety of new partnerships with highly experienced environmental experts and editorial affiliates to bring to ENN a greater balance and depth of understanding about complex environmental issues, as well as front line reporting, that will be unlike that available to any other environmental news organization.

I hope you will take a minute and explore the new ENN and get to know our services, meet our Partners and make use of what we feel is a critical information service for anyone who cares about improving our world.

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Database of the Month

ProQuest Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Collection

The Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database includes the renowned Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Oceanic Abstracts, and Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA). It provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, and government publications. The database includes specialized, editorially curated A&I resources studying the critical issues affecting Earth’s air, land, and water environments.

Unisa Open

The following sites on Unisa Open contains useful information for Unisa staff.

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.

Selected noteworthy days in April

Why do we mark International Days?

International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.


2 April World Autism Day

World Autism Awareness Day Observed On ...

Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society.

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4 April International day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Safety & Health Days in Mining campaign ...


World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February, since the General Assembly designation in 2010. The General Assembly pointed out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and established World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

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07 April World Health Day

Lambwood Heights World Health Day ...

World Health Day is celebrated across the globe to raise awareness about the importance of health. It focuses on contemporary health issues that require immediate attention, with varied themes.

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22 April International Mother Earth Day

International Mother Earth Day. When ...


Loving and protecting Mother Earth

Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions,which reflects the interdependence that exixts among human beings,other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable

The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic,social,and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and Earth.

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

This Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration to promote harmony with nature and Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic,social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity

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23 April World Book and Copyright Day

disadvantaged schools this World Book Day

World Book and Copyright Day 2023: 23 April

World book and Copyright day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading.Each year,on 23 April,celebrations take place all over the world to recognise the magical power of books-a link between the past and the future,a bridge between generations and across cultures

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27 April World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day theme promotes ...

 534 World Veterinary Day Stock Photos ...


World veterinarian Day was created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the globe.

Each year,a different theme is chosen which helps pet owners to remember the importance of various aspects of animal care,and how vets can help,for example ensuring your pet's vaccinations are up to date.

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In the media

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Catalytic niche areas

The university has identified ten (10) catalytic niches that will assist the institution in catalysing research, innovation and engaged scholarship These are as follows:

  • Marine studies,
  • Aviation and Aeronautical studies,
  • Automotive,
  • Energy,
  • Space study and Square Kilometer Array,
  • Fourth Industrial revolution and Digitalisation,
  • Natural Sciences (Biotechnological studies),
  • Health Studies/Medicine,
  • Feminist, Womanist, Bosadi Theorizations,
  • Student Support and Co-Curricular activities.


Click on the links below for information on Health Studies/Medicine.


"Biomedical science" AND medicine AND South Africa


Health studies AND Environment AND South Africa


Pollution AND Environment OR earth AND medicine


Environment OR earth pollution AND mining AND "health risk"


Water OR sanitation AND pollution


Environmental pollution AND traditional medicine


Golden oldie


Muhammad Ramzan,Muhammad Asif Munir,Nadeem Siddique

Awareness about plagiarism amongst university students in Pakistan

Source: Higher Education, July 2012 Vol 64 (1), pp 73-94


Research is an original and systematic investigation undertaken to discover new facts and information about a phenomenon. However, a variety of empirical and ethical issues are on the rise in academia, especially plagiarism is quickly becoming part of global educational and research culture. More and more students and researchers are turning to the Internet for cooked solutions and shortcuts for writing assignments, research papers and thesis. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the seriousness of plagiarism amongst graduate and post graduate students of Pakistan. It also explores the university students' level of awareness of plagiarism. A total of 365 graduate and post graduate students of randomly selected public and private sector universities participated in this exploratory empirical study. A self-reported questionnaire survey was used for collection of primary data. Findings revealed that there was a low level of awareness about plagiarism and university plagiarism policies and processes amongst the students. Findings also revealed that many respondents did not understand what plagiarism is? A significant number of students have fairly admitted that they have intentionally plagiarized written materials. Based on the findings of the study this paper puts forward recommendations to create awareness amongst the students regarding plagiarism, plagiarism policies and provides statistical evidences for formulation of policies and guidelines to combat pla- giarism in institutions of higher learning in Pakistan. Furthermore, the paper submits recommendations to minimize the plagiarism based on the authors' experiences.


Looking for upcoming conferences?

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


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