Welcome to POPLINE
POPLINE provides access to 370,000 carefully selected publications and resources related to family planning and reproductive health
POPLINE’s new collaboration with Google Scholar creates seamless linkages between the two databases, offering users multiple access points to full-text journal articles with the added value of discovering other related resources.
How does it work?
On the POPLINE side, when users view their search results, they will see an icon linking to the same record in Google Scholar, allowing the user to move directly from POPLINE to Scholar.
This feature is particularly useful to users in low- and middle-income countries and patrons of smaller or under-funded libraries or institutions around the world who lack access to journal articles. Google Scholar works with WHO’s HINARI, AGORA, OARE, ARDI, and EBSCO programs to pass through logged-in users to articles from publishers participating in those programs. And because all open access versions of articles are available in Google Scholar, there is increased potential to access freely available content from a variety of sources.
POPLINE users can also take advantage of the "cited by" references, related articles, and other features in Google Scholar records.
In early 2014, Google Scholar began indexing the POPLINE database and including its content, both journal articles and gray literature, in Scholar’s search results. If a document is indexed in POPLINE and included in Google Scholar search results, a link to the POPLINE record will appear taking you directly to the POPLINE record.
As a result of this indexing, POPLINE has experienced a 500% increase in web visits from Google Scholar.
We are extremely pleased about our new collaboration with Google Scholar and the opportunity to provide these enhancements to our users.
In its nearly forty-year evolution, the POPLINE Thesaurus has gradually become a knowledge map to the broad area of population and reproductive health and related fields.
Medical vocabulary from the National Library of Medicine, contraceptive technology concepts, family planning/maternal-child health program topics, demographic subjects, legal and policy topics, and strategic communication concepts have been integrated into a comprehensive taxonomy of the population / reproductive health field. The relevance of this knowledge map transcends its usefulness as a searching tool.
For many years, POPLINE users have adapted the thesaurus to their own knowledge management needs. The Carolina Population Center and IntraHealth International use POPLINE keywords to index their own library collections. The International Center for Research on Women used the POPLINE thesaurus as a taxonomy development tool for their document management system.
In today’s fluid information technology/knowledge management environment, the opportunities for POPLINE users to repurpose our thesaurus are almost limitless. Taxonomic structure now provides the foundation for many IT/KM innovations beyond traditional library and database applications.
Innovative POPLINE users are urged to take advantage of this emerging opportunity, following the example of Open Society Institute’s adaptation of POPLINE’s keywords to provide searching capability for the comprehensive resource, What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions and its website.
Please keep us updated on your creative adaptations!