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How to access our Online Library

The Bissell Library is closed as a physical space however, the Online Library is open and most of our services and support are available to you.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs and publications (updated monthly).

undefinedCIAO is the world’s largest online resource of documents and articles devoted to research, analysis, and scholarship on international politics and related fields, including security studies, global finance, diplomatic practice, humanitarian law, global governance, development studies, and environmental studies.

With more than 500,000 pages aggregated from 300 international publishing institutions, CIAO is a unique and valuable archive and cross-searchable library of full-text articles from government research organizations, independent think tanks, university analysis centers, and scholarly journals.


  1. Go to the A-Z List of Databases under the Collections tab on the library website.

  2. Select Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

  3. Log in using the remote access feature


Note: How can you tell if you’re logged in? It will say “Access provided by American College of Thessaloniki” at the top of the page. 

The search allows for the use of Boolean operators, but these must be in all caps: AND, OR, and NOT. The default without explicit Boolean operators is an implied OR to search for all terms independently.

For example, searching for Hezbollah lebanon government returns 89 results, while hezbollah AND lebanon AND government returns just 7 results.

You may also use quotation marks to restrict your search to a phrase rather than searching for individual words.

The facets in the left-hand column allow you to further refine your search results based on criteria such as topic, geography, content type, etc. As you select a facet to refine your search, it will appear in the "You searched for" box at the top of the page; to remove a facet from your search, just click on the "X" next to it.

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