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Account Coordinator: Benoît Prieur is an online web portal of scholarly materials in the humanities and social sciences. Much of the collection is in French, but it also includes an English-language international interface to facilitate use by non-francophones. Primary research areas include communications, economics, education, geography, history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, political science, law, psychology, sociology, and cultural studies. See the French- and English-language pages for more information.

There are up to 100 one-year accounts available to Wikipedians through this partnership.


  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download Cairn content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the Cairn website they are accessing.
  • Display individual excerpts of content greater than 500 words.

Private and confidential information

  • By applying to the Program, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and Cairn. Wikipedia Library organizers contracted under the Wikimedia Foundation will abide by the Wikimedia Foundation privacy policy and associated confidentiality agreements. Volunteer representatives of the Wikipedia Library are neither employees nor contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation (or Cairn), but they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


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  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to Cairn resources, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted Cairn pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of Cairn, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Cite resources in line with the citation examples provided below or with the examples provided by Cairn
Note that citation styles vary by article; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as the citations are complete.


{{cite journal|author1=Martinus Buekers |author2=Pascal Borry |author3=Paul Rowe |title= Talent in sports: Some reflections about the search for future champions|url=|journal=Movement & Sport Sciences|year=2015|volume=88|issue=2|pages=3–12}} {{Subscription needed|via=[[]]}}
  • Martinus Buekers; Pascal Borry; Paul Rowe (2015). "Talent in sports: Some reflections about the search for future champions". Movement & Sport Sciences. 88 (2): 3–12.   – via (subscription required)

Further participation

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  • Add {{Wikipedia:Cairn/Userbox}} to your user boxes. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
Cairn This user has access to through The Wikipedia Library


Add yourself at the bottom of the list with a line starting with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}) followed by an explanation of why you would like access to this resource. It is a good idea to include in your application text your editing areas benefited by access and examples of your commitment to content creation.

  1. Charles Matthews (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I read French easily, and am engaged in a broad range of historical topics here, mostly biographical. 07:56, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Charles Matthews, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 11:27, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
  2. I have been editing and creating pages on Wikipedia every day for years. I already have access to Jstor and quote academic articles accordingly to improve or create articles. By having access to Cairn, I could add in-line references to more articles. I would focus on French and francophone history (ancient regime, slavery in Haiti, colonialism in Africa and Indochina, etc.), French politics and literature (for example, academic articles about American literature written by French scholars).Zigzig20s (talk) 13:34, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Zigzig20s, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 11:27, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
  3. Sir Gawain (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Editor since 2004, I generally edit on German Wikipedia, focusing on architectural and historic topics. Already having JSTOR access, I was able to enhance articles like de:Schloss Tanlay and de:Schloss La Bastie d’Urfé. An access to the CAIRN collection would be of great use for me und my work for Wikimedia projects. -- Sir Gawain (talk) 16:44, 18 June 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Sir Gawain, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 11:27, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
  4. Andrew Dalby (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Editor since 2005. Many edits on en:wiki and some on fr: and other languages, but I usually edit on Vicipaedia (Latin) where I am an admin. I especially work to make la:wiki a handy source of bibliographies and links (hence more useful to speakers of other languages too). I often cite JSTOR journals (via my membership of the London Library), here and on la:, and I could make good use of in the same way. I'll make sure that citations on la:wiki follow guidelines equivalent to those above. Andrew Dalby 09:03, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Andrew Dalby, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 11:27, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
  5. OwenBlacker (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Editor since 2004. I mainly edit on enwiki, though I also contribute some to commons and occasionally also edit on frwiki. Generally, I work on mediæval European history (particularly Holy Roman Empire, Old Swiss Confederacy and up to the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the millennium up to 1815, roughly), with a little on European colonial history, so the history resources within would be very useful. I do already have JSTOR access. — OwenBlacker (Talk) 19:15, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
    @OwenBlacker, please activate your emails in your preferences. Regards, Benoit Rochon (talk) 11:27, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
    @Benoit Rochon: My email has been bouncing a lot lately; I've just changed (and confirmed) the email address Wikimedia has for me, so it should work again now. Sorry about that! — OwenBlacker (Talk) 12:01, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
    @Benoit Rochon: It looks like I had more problems with my email, but these should be resolved now. Sorry! — OwenBlacker (Talk) 17:17, 18 August 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @OwenBlacker, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, --Benoît Prieur (talk) 07:09, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
    @Benoît Prieur: Merci bien !OwenBlacker (Talk) 23:43, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
  6. Jamesmcardle (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)A contributor since 2006, I am particularly interested in researching French photography and photographers, for whom there is limited material in English. As a WPL Coordinator in outreach and communication, access to, and familiarity with, this resource will assist my volunteer work in those areas.sinarau (talk) 00:28, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @sinarau, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, --Benoît Prieur (talk) 07:09, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
  7. Goustien (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I read French, and I edit Wikipedia history articles on topics such as Corsica and Goust. Goustien (talk) 17:22, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    @Goustien, your email is still not available. We need it to complete the registration. Regards, --Benoît Prieur (talk) 07:09, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
  8. Evangeline (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Evangeline (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Rédactrice sur Wikipedia (anglais et français) depuis 2004, j'ai un diplôme (Masters européen) d'une université française et je lis bien le français. Je m'intéresse pour tout ! Mais surtout pour l'histoire, la littérature, et la culture européenne et de la Chine ancienne. L'accès aux ressources de Cairn, en particulier aux journaux Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Revue d'histoire des sciences, ou bien Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident, que j'ai déjà essayé en vain de consulter en ligne, m'aiderait à rédiger des articles qui ne négligent pas les contributions françaises dans ces domaines. J'ai déjà accès à JSTOR de par mon université. Merci ! Evangeline (talk) 12:17, 25 October 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Evangeline, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, --Benoît Prieur (talk) 07:09, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
  9. Eperoton (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I'm a somewhat recent but active editor focusing on subjects related to Islam and Late Antiquity. Between my two accounts (this one and msubotin, phased out privacy reasons) I have over a year of Wikipedia experience and over 800 edits. Over the last month I've made significant contributions to Religion in pre-Islamic Arabia, History of Islam, Shahada and Zakat. I'm fluent in French and would like to reflect Francophone scholarship in my contributions. Eperoton (talk) 20:36, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Eperoton, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, --Benoît Prieur (talk) 07:09, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
  10. Elie plus (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Salut, j'éspère bien pouvoir accéder les resources du CAIRN puisque les grandes bibliothèques du Liban sont difficiles d'accès. Ca fait 8 ans que je rédige des articles traitant du Levant, je suis particulièrement intéressé par l'histoire du Liban sous le contrôle Ottoman et Français. Si mon histoire contient des périodes d'inactivité c'est majoritairement a cause de l'indisponibilité des resources bibliographique. Merci de bien vouloir considerer ma demande. -Elias Z 09:26, 16 December 2015 (UTC)
    Approved. @Elie plus, check your email to complete your registration. Regards, --Benoît Prieur (talk) 07:09, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
  11. Nattes à chat (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). I am present on the encyclopedia (mostly French, and in lesser extent the english since 2012, while contributing much more regularly in the context of managing a project attached to reducing the gender gap. Getting access to academic sources is of paramount importance to source the articles, especially since women are much less mediatized. --Nattes à chat (talk) 18:33, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
  12. madalibi (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). I have done more than 14,000 edits on WP since 2008. I edit mostly on Chinese history, but also on topics related to the social sciences, medical history, and the history of science, all of which are covered in this database. In a few minutes, I was already able to find an article on the transmission from Korea and China to Japan of "knowledge" (savoirs) concerning acupuncture and moxibustion (from the 2013 issue of Extrême-Orient – Extrême-Occident) that will add to my working draft on the History of acupuncture and moxibustion. I'm sure I can find many other relevant sources in journals like Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales and various books that Cairn also makes available. Thank you for your consideration! Madalibi (talk) 09:59, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
  13. Rystheguy (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have over 7000 edits and have created over 90 articles on the English Wikipedia. I primarily translate articles from the French Wikipedia, and could use the access for articles related to history and geography. Thank you for your consideration, Ry's the Guy (talk|contribs) 06:25, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

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