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Using this Guide
This guide was developed to support research in demography. Many disciplines utilize demographics and demographic research, including but not limited to: Urban & Regional Planning, Geography, Sociology, Public Administration, and Public Health. This guide outlines what is demography, highlights strategies for demographic research, and offers suggested search tools to conduct demographic research. Navigate this guide's contents by using the tabs, or any of the following links:
- Reference Works - Find encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and more.
- Books & eBooks - Find books and ebooks on demographics, population research, and more.
- Articles & More - Find articles and other research from databases and online search tools.
- Maps & Data - Find mapping and data sources.
- Find Statistics/Demographics - Find statistical and more demographic resources.
- Citing Sources - Find resources to support appropriate citation formats and practices.
- Get Help - Get help with your research from the Library.
What is Social Demography?
"...social demography...is concerned with the explanations and consequences of population trends and differentials, drawing upon a range of relevant disciplinary perspectives."
Wilkinson, D. (2005). Developments in postgraduate study. In Sage Study Skills: The essential guide to postgraduate study (pp. 8-38).: SAGE Publications Ltd.
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What are and why use demographics?
The term demographics refers to particular characteristics of a population. The word is derived from the Greek words for people (demos) and picture (graphy). Examples of demographic characteristics include age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, income, education, home ownership, sexual orientation, marital status, family size, health and disability status, and psychiatric diagnosis.
-Lee, M., & Schuele, C. (2010). Demographics. In Neil J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Research Design. (pp. 347-348). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.