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Online Access to the WAO – World Affairs Online database

IREON Gateway
Indexing in nine languages
Updating: weekly


Search for WAO Literature references in the Online Catalogues (OPACs) of FIV Libraries:
Indexing in German, English, French
Updating: daily


WAO in the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK)
  • Search for WAO Literature references in the SWB Online Catalogue (Southwest German Library Network), with holdings information also for FIV Libraries
  • Metasearch in the KVK: Search for WAO Literature references in all of the German Library network catalogues
Indexing in German
Updating: bimonthly


German virtual subject portals
The following virtual special subject libraries include a defined regional selection of WAO:
  • The East and Southeast Asia Virtual Library: CrossAsia
  • The Middle East Virtual Library: MENALIB
  • Virtual Library Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg: ViFa Benelux
  • Virtual Library Latin America / Spain / Portugal: cibera
  • Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture & History: Vlib-AAC
  • Virtual Library of Northern European Studies: vifanord
  • Virtual Library of Romance Culture : Vifarom
  • Virtual Library of Sub-Saharan Africa: ilissAfrica


GBI Genios: WAO – World Affairs Online

Metasearch in the WISO-database packet
Charge for use
Indexing in German
Updating: fortnightly


GBV: WAO– World Affairs Online

Indexing in German
Updating: monthly


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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