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.

Get the right info : create your own news feed on your mobile device

You can now avoid trawling through articles that hold no personal interest, by personalising your news feed on your mobile device.

There are many apps available for Apple, Android and Windows devices that can help you do this; for example Feedly, Flipboard, Zite, YouMag and Google Currents, to name but a few

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Let’s take Feedly as an example

Feedly is an application designed to “deliver all your favorite content in one place” by making contecnt from news sites, magazines, feeds, tumblr blogs, YouTube, Vimeo etc available all in one place.

First, download it from the app store for free


When setting up your content, you can select by subject area, and by language by sliding the search menu out from the right hand side of the screen


You can equally search for a specific publication, or content from the web

To add content to your feed, select the publication, and then touch the ‘ + ‘ to the right of the publication


You can organise your content as you add it, into subject area categories

Equally, you can flag articles to read later, or further explore the publication by following the corresponding sections in the menu available from the left hand side of the screen.


When you launch the app, your home page news feed will now contain articles from publications you have subscribed to.
Tap an article to read it in full, or sort your news feed by sector using the left hand menu.

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For more information and step by step procedures to help set up these applications, consult this guide!