Cairn – new international site and user interface

Cairn is a collection of humanities and social sciences publications in French, which the HEC library subscribes to.

Created in September 2005 by four Belgian and French publishers, today Cairn offers the most comprehensive collection of publications to the francophone world.

In 2014, they expect to hold 400 journals, around 4,000 eBooks and more than 200,000 full-text articles and book chapters online, from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers.

They have recently introduced two new functions:

  • A new ‘cleaner’ interface offering the ability to search by theme from the home page (as pictured)
  • An international version of its site, offering the same service to English speakers, launched with the support of the CNL (The French Centre National du Livre).


This should allow this content to become more visible and accessible to non–francophone scholars, as no understanding of the French language is required, and should help promote Cairn’s popularity to at least that equal to that achieved by its existing French site which received over 20 million views last year.

Do not hesitate to contact the library for further help on this resource.

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