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Population Index, published between 1937 and 1999, was the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presented an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics. This website provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000. The complete journal collection going back to the 1930s is available in JSTOR. This website is organized in three major sections:


The home section includes a User's Guide, with information on the organization of the Index and the structure of the abstracts.

We also include a detailed list of sources, enumerating the journals and other serial publications used for compiling the citations that appear in Population Index.

As a special bonus, we are also including four full-length articles that appeared in the hard copy of Population Index and were later made available on the website.


You may browse all issues published between the Spring of 1986 (Volume 52 Number 1) and the Spring of 2000 (Volume 66 Number 1). (Earlier volumes are available through the JSTOR website.)

Each issue includes a page for each section of the journal, plus the author and geographical indexes. Each volume also includes the annual cumulative author and geographical indexes.

There is also online help with more detailed information on how to browse Population Index.


This website also provides a search interface to the entire Population Index database for 1986-2000, a total of 46,035 citations.

You can search the database by author, subject, region or free-text appearing anywhere in a citation. Queries may be restricted by giving a year or range of years.

There is extensive online help to assist you in running effective queries, including documentation on fields that use a controlled vocabulary.

Copyright Policy

All Population Index materials available in electronic media are copyright © 1986-2000, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, all rights reserved. These materials are intended for personal use by individuals only. Copying, storage, or distribution of the intellectual property of Population Index is forbidden. Violators are subject to prosecution under applicable laws.