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Population Research

Resources for Population Research

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The relationship between population dynamics and the environment is complex, ranging from the purely demographic to mediating factors such as climate change, land use, energy. and cultural forces. if you are just getting started on this topic, the Subject Headings below may be useful when searching for books in the Main Catalog. Note that it is possible to narrow the search to a particular geographic location. 

  • Population--Environmental aspects--(country name)
  • (Country name)--Population--Environmental aspects
  • Population--Environmental aspects--Developing countries
  • Population--Environmental aspects--Developed countries
  • Overpopulation
  • Population policy--Environmental aspects
  • (Country name)--Population policy

Here are some suggested Subject Headings for narrower population topics related to the environment:

  • Migration, Internal--Environmental aspects
  • Emigration and immigration--Environmental aspects
  • Fertility, Human--Environmental aspects
  • Reproductive health--Environmental aspects
  • Mortality--Environmental aspects
  • Population and Environmental Policy
  • Population and Environmental degradation
  • Emigration and immigration and Environmental degradation
  • Migration, Internal and Environmental degradation
  • Demographic transition and Environmental degradation
  • Overpopulation and Environmental degradation
  • Population forecasting combined with the keyword "Environment"
  • Population research combined with the keyword "Environment"

To narrow your search even further, try these Guided Searches:

  • Keywords: population and "environmental aspects" and "food supply"
  • Keywords: population and "environmental aspects" and "water supply"
  • Keywords: population and "environmental aspects" and technology
  • Keywords: population and "environmental aspects" and biodiversity
  • Keywords: population and "environmental aspects" and "sustainable development"
  • Keywords: population and "environmental aspects" and "climatic changes"
  • Keywords: "demographic transition" and environment


Here are some reference materials for starting your research:

Search Specific Databases

GreenFile Covers all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Sustainability Science Abstracts Covers aspects of sustainable development, human population and demography topics, as well as societal issues involving natural resource management and conservation.
Environment Complete Abstract/index information for environmental policy and studies.
PopIndex 1986-2000 Annotated bibliography of global demographic and population literature. 1937-1985 available in print and partially from JSTOR.
Newspapers Search newspapers from around the world.

Browse Population and Environment Journal

Working Papers and Technical Reports

To locate Working Papers or technical reports on population and the environment, try one of these resources.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Aggregates research in international affairs. Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes university working papers, NGO occasional papers, foundation-funded research projects, and conference proceedings.

PolicyFile Draws its content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations, and publishers. Covers all aspects of public policy.