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Subject Indexing

The high quality of the database is guaranteed by the rigorous selection of literature and its detailed indexation.

Selecting from their own library acquisitions and also internet sources, subject experts from the eleven participating research institutes decide which literature is to be documented and indexed in WAO – World Affairs Online.

Indexing in WAO – World Affairs Online is done at several levels:

  • allocation of subject and regional class
  • allocation of controlled terms to describe the main subject content
  • allocation of second group of controlled terms to describe aspects or details of the content
  • addition of an abstract (in some cases)

Classification and indexation are carried out using resources developed by FIV for the field of international relations and area studies:

The existence of these resources in a choice of languages enables non-German speakers to search in WAO – World Affairs Online. This feature is available in the IREON Gateway.

New: Cooperation with the German Library networks

WAO is now part of the catalogues of the German Library networks. You can now find all journal articles, chapters of books, online papers and monographs from WAO

IREON relaunch, now with ECONIS data

IREON – the International Relations and Area Studies Gateway has a new technical platform and now includes additional collections on economic policy.

New databases are:

  • ECONIS – the ZBW (German National Library of Economic) database
  • SCIENCES PO – a selection from the Sciences Po, Paris journal articles database (closed catalogue)

The new IREON continues to provide bibliographic references (including full-text documents were possible) from:

  • WAO – World Affairs Online
  • WAO – Treaties, including selected treaties on international security policy and UN Security Resolutions
  • LITDOK – the database of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with a focus on development policy
  • FES – the library catalogue of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, specializing in political and social topics


The European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies is availaible in a
seven-lingual print edition.
The Thesaurus can be accessed online at the IREON Gateway.
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