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Kreitzberg Library for CGCS Students

Get Started with International Relations Resources

This guide will help you learn how to search the databases most relevant to your work in the International Relations program.

About Columbia International Affairs Online

CIAO is a terrific database for finding articles on government policy and international relations. It contains full-text articles from a variety of high quality policy journals, book chapters, original case studies, and policy briefs.

Conducting a Search

The screenshots below search for documents about liberalism and foreign policy.

  • I used quotes to search for words together as a phrase (i.e. "foreign policy").
  • I used two keywords connected with a Boolean operator.
  • I used the Boolean operator AND to connect my keywords.
  • Click the blue Search button to start searching for results.

I searched with my keywords liberalism and foreign policy and put put foreign policy in quotes to search for the words together as a phrase.

Reviewing Search Results

This search found 13 results related to my keywords.

  • Results are sorted by relevance with the most relevant articles shown at the top of the list of results.
  • Click on the title link to access the document; you will then see the option to download the PDF.

This search found 13 documents. Results are sorted by relevance with the most relevant results shown at the top of the list. Click on the title link to access the document.