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POPLINE provides comprehensive coverage of population, family planning, and related health issues such as overpopulation, safe motherhood, reproductive performance, law/policy on reproduction, child immunization, health care training materials, contraception, practices to ensure child survival, methods to regulate fertility, migration trends, policies on migration, sexually transmitted diseases, population and natural resources, and ecological effects of overpopulation.


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Dates covered

1970 to the present; selected citations dating back to 1827.

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Publication sources include the US government, international agencies, and family-planning organizations. Publication types include government reports, books, scholarly journals, monographs, technical reports, laws, court decisions, theses, dissertations, conference papers, unpublished reports, newspaper articles, and training manuals.

Type of coverage

Selective indexing and abstracting of material on population topics.

Most documents in the database are available in full-text from POPLINE, for a fee. However, it is advisable to check the collections of the Rutgers University Libraries, and to consult with the librarians before ordering material, since many items may be available locally. Links to to free, fulltext documents are included.

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Information & Knowledge for Optimal Health (INFO) Project, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

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