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What is Cairn?

Cairn is a digital reference library, in French language, covering the different fields of human and social sciences (SHS).

Within the framework of the subscription taken out by The Source, you can query and consult in full text more than 450 journals covering the disciplines of the SHS.

Please note that the other resources proposed (books, magazines and Que sais-je/repères collection), are not included in our subscription.

If you would like to know more, please visit the official website.

How does Cairn work?


You can access Cairn via an IP connection on the Isara and Isema premises using the link above.


You can also access the database off-campus (outside the school) via the link at the top of this page, allowing authentication in your browser with your usual Isara or Isema access codes.

To benefit from advanced features, or if authentication does not work for you, you can create a free individual account on the Cairn website, using the procedure described at the bottom of this page. Your account will allow you to customise your homepage, create your bibliography and export it to Zotero, access your consultation history or receive alerts when your favourite journals are published.


Search with Cairn (in French)

Read an article with Cairn (in French)

How to create a Cairn account for remote access?

You can access Cairn remotely using the link at the top of this page and after authentication with your usual Isara/Isema access codes. 

If the authentication does not work for you, we invite you to:

  1. Create a personal account by going to:
  2. In the form, make sure you fill in your Isara email, tick the box “Je suis membre d’une institution cliente de” and choose Isara in the drop-down list.
  3. After validation of your form, Cairn will confirm the creation of your account, then by a second email within 24 hours, its attachment to the Isara account.

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact us.

Services offered by Cairn (in French)

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