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FIV – The German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies and its individual members cooperate with the following organisations:

The Council of Europe

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The East and Southeast Asia Virtual Library

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Middle East Virtual Library


ViFa Benelux

Virtual Library Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg

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Virtual Library Latin America / Spain / Portugal

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Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture & History

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Virtual Library of Northern European Studies

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Virtual Library of Romance Culture

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Virtual Library of Sub-Saharan Africa

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Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog

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GBV Common Library Network

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Library Service Centre Baden-Wuerttemberg
SWB Online Catalogue

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German Business Information

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GLOMAS Germany

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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.
History of the FIV

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