One of the major issues that the world is constantly facing is the growing number of the world population. Due to the increasing population, other problems such as house spacing, food supply, water supply, and other basic needs supply arises. In relation to the continuous increase in population, population change is governed by different population processes including migration, fertility and mortality. Furthermore, world population can be further explained through qualitative and quantitative aspects as well as the demographic perspective which is further explained by the demographic transition theory.
This paper will cover the discussion of choosing different sources for the concept of world population, specifically population processes and demographic perspectives. In choosing the sources for the discussion of these concepts, strategies in searching will be discussed. Moreover, the type of sources along with its credibility, relevance and objectivity will be pointed out.
Sources for Population Processes
Basically, world population continues to grow and change over the years. Many demographers have formulated their theories regarding factors influencing population growth. For the population processes section, the concepts that must be discussed are the history of population growth and current trends in developed and developing societies and the three principal determinants of population growth (population processes) which are fertility, mortality, and migration. In addressing these concepts, three sources have been found on the web. Two of the sources come from the website Population Reference Bureau publications section. These two sources are useful in discussing the history of population change, its current trends, and the future of population growth. The people behind the Population Reference Bureau aim to spread information regarding population, environment, health, and other information which is deemed useful for the future of our world. Thus, the articles from Population Reference Bureau discussing population change and future growth of population are credible and can be used as sources for writing of research papers or other articles. Although there is no year indicated on when the articles were written, the data that was reported in the articles dates back ten years ago which are still highly relevant in comparison to the data being collected nowadays. Furthermore, the information provided in these articles is based on actual data measurements as well as established concepts by demographers.
Another source that can be used for discussion of the three population processes is the article found on the website of Health Knowledge. This article about fertility, mortality, and migration as well as its effect on population structure is written by Goodyear in 2008. This source was chosen since all three concepts are already discussed in one paper thus being a diverse article. Although the article is published on a commercial website, it can still be considered as a credible article since the sources have been properly cited. Thus, these cited references can also be used as additional sources. As for its relevance to the topic, the information regarding the effects of population structure on these principal determinants have been already established for a long time. Thus, there should be no problem with using this source as a reference for writing a research paper. The arguments presented in the article are very understandable and well-established. The evidences were presented along with its sources or references.
Sources for Demographic Perspectives
The concept of demographic perspectives covers the theory which is behind the realistic practice. Doctrines, Theory of Malthus, Theory of Marx, and the theory of demographic transition are discussed in this topic. Two sources can be used in discussing this section. One of the sources is a presentation used by Professor Young from the University of Colorado Boulder. This source was chosen since it presents information which is credible and it summarizes the concept regarding demographic perspectives. There is no indicated year on which the presentation was published, but since these are established concepts, this can be used in discussions for other papers. The only problem is that the arguments presented were not cited. The other source use in this paper is the article written by Puja Mondal about theories of population. This article was published on the site known as Your Article Library: The Next Generation Library. This commercial website is not highly credible since the information used in writing the paper was not cited. Although the information was not cited and does not have a date included on which it was published, these demographic theories on population are commonly found on other websites on the internet as well as books. The advantage of this chosen source is that it provides information on all of the theories needed to be covered. This article also extensively discusses the population theories, including examples on which the theory can be applied or can be observed. Moreover, the arguments in this paper as well-presented which makes it easier for the reader or researcher to understand it. Criticisms of the theories are pointed out as well. Thus, this part of the paper makes it a very informative source for discussing demographic perspectives.
Goodyear, M. “The effect on population structure of fertility, mortality, and migration.” HealthKnowledge. 2008. Web. 27 Jul. 2015. <http://www.healthknowledge.org.uk/public-health-textbook/health-information/3a-populations/fertility-mortality-migration>
Mondal, Puja. “Theories of Population: Malthus Theory, Marx’s Theory and Theory of Demographic Transition.” Your Article Library. Web. 27 Jul. 2015.
Population Reference Bureau. “Human Population: Future Growth.” PRB.org. Web. 27 Jul. 2015.<http://www.prb.org/Publications/Lesson-Plans/HumanPopulation/FutureGrowth.aspx>
Population Reference Bureau. “Human Population: Population Change.” PRB.org. Web. 27 Jul. 2015. <http://www.prb.org/Publications/Lesson-Plans/HumanPopulation/Change.aspx>
Young, Joseph. “Demographic Perspectives.” University of Colorado Boulder. Web. 27 Jul. 2015. <http://www.colorado.edu/ibs/POP/jyoung/socy3002/lectures/wk3-3002.pdf>