African Research Journals: The Importance of African Content in Research

African Research Journals

Technology has allowed us to share information effortlessly and on a global scale. As a result, the planet’s population is moving ever closer to a universal knowledge-base. However, while the concept of universally shared and accepted knowledge is possible, it cannot exist (at least in the foreseeable future) because of a single factor; the individual knowledge of nations, such as that contained in African research journals.

Sarpong (2002) wrote that a people’s approach to knowledge and science (and the investigation thereof) cannot be removed from its history. African content is thus important in relation to research for the following reasons:

1. It Allows for Comprehensive Research

Even if the topic being researched stems from a foreign school of thought, African content is important for comprehensive research. The African literature on the topic might provide supporting or sometimes opposing evidence, making the research on the topic more complete. And, when it comes to research, it is often desirable to include other perspectives in order to validate the position of the research.

2. It Is Absolutely Relevant to African Studies

When it comes to researching African-centric topics, African content is invaluable, for obvious reasons. There is no better perspective on the topics relevant to African development than that portrayed in the literature and journal entries published in Africa by Africans.

3. It Portrays Development over Important Fields

Historical views on certain topics might not always be consistent with modern thinking, but they are always important when it comes to research. This is true for a number of reasons, but one definite advantage of historical literature is the fact that it can be used to portray development over certain fields, and present an accurate time-frame for that development.

Sabinet provides access to the African Journal Archive, which covers historical writings on a variety of topics, including politics, history, geology, education, law, medicine, botany, agriculture, and zoology.

Sabinet’s African ePublications

The African Journal Archive was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in an effort to preserve the important literature of Africa and make it available for research projects. The result is a collection of journal articles covering the topics mentioned above, and dating back to 1906.

The African Journal Archive contains more than 182 African journals, incorporating over 150,000 articles, which are full-text and fully searchable through our information services.

To learn more about this service and how you might access it, be sure to contact Sabinet right away.

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A Closer Look at Sabinet Monitoring Services

Sabinet Monitoring Services

When you want to find something online, you don’t enter URL after URL and read all the content on each site in the hope that you’ll discover what you are looking for. This would be far too time-consuming and not necessarily very effective. Instead, you adopt the digital answer to this process and have a search engine perform this task for you, cutting down your search time to milliseconds. But, if it can be this easy in some areas, why are you still extracting legal information from multiple sources? Sabinet Monitoring Services intend to change the way you find legal information online, cut down your search times drastically, and keep you constantly in the know.

Sabinet Monitoring Services work to compile all the movements in terms of legislation and feed it to you as it happens. It uses up-to-the-minute research on Bills and Draft Bills to notify you of changes before they happen, keeping you always ahead of the curve when it comes to important legislation being passed.

You have the power to decide when you would like to be notified of events, depending on your choice of service, meaning that you could potentially receive real-time updates of important events sourced from Sabinet monitoring articles, press releases, opinion pieces, speeches, and statements.

Who Benefits from Sabinet Monitoring Services?

Our services benefit workers in a great many fields, including the following:

1. People in the Legal Field

Naturally, if you are to offer sound legal advice, you have to keep abreast of the current state of the law through legislation. Our legal monitoring services allow you to just this, taking away the stress of having to obtain your information from multiple sources. With Sabinet, the latest happenings in the legal environment can potentially appear in your email inbox moments after they occur.

2. Legal Reporters and Journalists

It is necessary for those writing about changes in South Africa’s legislation to be privy to those changes as they occur. But, notifications of these changes are not always handed down on a platter. With this in mind, it is far easier to have a constant feed of collated information coming from a reliable source, which is exactly the service offered by our monitoring process.

3. Businesses with Legal Restrictions

If you own a business that operates within stringent legal boundaries, you need to be aware of any changes which may affect the way you run your business. Fortunately, with our service, you can set a filter to only receive information pertinent to your industry.

Sabinet is the Only Source You Need

Our monitoring services extract data from a wide variety of sources and offer it to you in a simple, easy-to-follow medium. This makes us the only source you need in order to keep abreast of legislative progress.

To learn more, or register for our services, please contact us today.

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Celebrating Labour Month through Information and Education

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Many people are not aware of why we observe occasions such as May Day or Labour Month in South Africa. To the majority of workers, it’s simply another holiday where we get to lounge around the house, binge-watch the latest series or visit friends. So in short – we see it as just another holiday. The truth is that these occasions originate from important historical milestones in the struggle to secure workers’ rights. (more…)

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Sabinet signs up to Publishing Technology’s ingentaDrive platform solution

This agreement with Publishing Technology, a world-leading provider of content solutions, will completely enhance the way SA ePublications is delivered, accessed and consumed.Combining essential features of Publishing Technology’s bespoke build platform product with the speed and efficiency of a packaged solution, this out-of-the box product will enable Sabinet to go live with a fully branded, cloud-based, responsive site.
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OCLC Global Council – Election Results

Ms Ellen Tise
From 10 – 12 April 2014 the OCLC Global Council meeting was held in Dublin, Ohio, USA.

This meeting concluded by holding elections for two vacant positions in the Board of Trustees and the position of President – elect and Vice President of the Global Council. These are two important bodies in the governing structure of OCLC.

We are pleased to inform you that the two candidates nominated by the Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council for both these positions were elected. These candidates are:

  • Board of Trustees: Ms Ellen Tise (Senior Director: Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Her e-mail address is etise@sun.ac.za. (Mr John Szabo who is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, USA was elected to the other position in the Board of Trustees)
  • President – Elect of the Global Council: Ms Anja Smit (University Librarian at Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Her e-mail address is H.P.A. Smit@uu.nl

Please join us in congratulating these candidates from the EMEA Regional Council, Ellen and Anja for their being elected to these elevated and responsible positions. We wish them success as they carry out their responsibilities entrusted on them by the members of OCLC.

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Addition of proposed amendments to Legislation on the Sabinet Legislation Product (NetLaw)

Sabinet is happy to announce that any proposed amendments to a specific piece of legislation will be made available on its South African Legislation Product (Netlaw). As from 1 April 2014 you will start to notice that any proposed amendments to a piece of Legislation will reflect under that specific Section of an Act and will display as follows:

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Please note that this new addition will not apply retrospectively and will only reflect on the Legislation as and when any new Amendment Acts are published from 1 April 2014 onwards.

When using Sabinet’s Legislation product it is important to note that it remains the responsibility of users to ensure that at all times they are referring to the Sections of an Act which are in force and currently applicable and not the proposed amendments not yet in force.

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