Resource of the Month
October 2006

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) was created in 1997 as a collaborative effort between the Columbia University libraries and Columbia University Press.  It is an Internet-based resource containing full text scholarly works in international affairs back to 1991. 

Upcoming Workshops

CIAO Workshops in Room 217
October 26 11:00 - 11:30 Thursday
October 30 11:00 - 11:30 Monday

Please register by 5:00 p.m. the day before the workshop by contacting Cindy Craig, Social Sciences Librarian at or 978-5083

How Do I Access CIAO?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing CIAO from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use CIAO?

Researchers will find CIAO to be a comprehensive source for research and theory in international affairs.  The site includes journal articles, policy briefs, working papers, case studies, foundation-funded research projects, books, course packs, and conference proceedings.  Each month focuses on a specific topic, September's topic was International Higher Education.

CIAO provides a few additional functions like a event schedule and maps/country studies.  A schedule of scholarly events in foreign affairs and security policy allows you to do a quick search or a guided search using subject, region, time range, and/or organizer.  The link to the CIAO atlas provides maps and country information.  This atlas allows you to search by region, country, or by statistic and includes a comparison tool which gives the user the ability to do a country comparison.

Features of CIAO

  • all sections updated monthly
  • "simple" and "advanced" search options
  • archive of monthly topics back to 2001

Related Websites

For assistance with CIAO, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Research Services Desk at 978-3584.

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