Don’t Waste Time – Download DHS Citations!

Written by: The DHS Program

19 Aug, 2015

If you’ve recently written an academic paper, you probably used reference management software, such as Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, or RefWorks, to organize and import your references.  And if you’re a DHS data user, you probably have a handful of DHS analytical, comparative, or methodological reports that you regularly refer to.

Now, you can download our recommended citations directly into your reference management software.  We have standardized and updated over 400 citations – including full abstracts – to make your searching and referencing of DHS analytical, comparative, trend, and other reports faster and easier.

Downloadable citations are available in one of two ways:

  1. Individually: On the individual publications summary page for analytical,
    comparative, and methodological reports, we have listed the recommended citation, which matches the recommended citation published in the front matter of the hard copy reports. We have also included a link to the downloadable citation in Endnote (ENW), other database (RIS), or plain text format citations.

    Downloading an individual citation of a specific publication.

  2. As a full library: On our newly created Citing DHS Data page, you can download a full library of all the Endnote or RIS citations we have currently available, including abstracts and attribution notes.  This will allow you to organize and search for relevant DHS studies and add your own research notes directly from within your reference management software.

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    Full library of citations when downloaded.

If you have any questions, please post in the Publications thread of The DHS Program User Forum.

Coming soon…  In 2015-2016, The DHS Program will be expanding the citations library to include all DHS final reports. Stay tuned!


  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

3 thoughts on “Don’t Waste Time – Download DHS Citations!

  1. Good day the DHS programme,

    This is awesome… I am excited about having a summary of most/all the DHS studies from which we can pick or choose the ones we are mainly interested in/ relevant to our work.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful work

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