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Online access to WAO

You can use the World Affairs Online database (WAO) via the following free platforms:


IREON – The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway

IREON is the central access portal for WAO

Library networks and Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue

Search WAO literature references in:

SWB Online Catalogue

K10plus Union Catalogue

GVK Union Catalogue

Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue

Library catalogues

The online catalogues of the following FIV libraries provide access to the WAO literature references or include a defined selection from WAO:

Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

Deutsch-Französisches Institut (dfi)

German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

German Development Institute (GDI)

German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

Specialized information services

The following specialized information services include a regional or thematic selection from WAO :

Anglo-American Culture & History

Low Countries Studies

ilissAfrica Sub-Saharan African Studies

Romance Studies

Latinamerican, Caribbean and Latino Studies

POLLUX Political Science

vifanord Northern European Studies


The WISO database package offered by GBI-Genios also provides access to WAO. Unlike the access options listed above, it is not free of charge.