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How to find...: Conference papers

Papers and Proceedings

Conference proceedings, the collections of papers that are presented at conferences, may be published in book format, as special issues of a journal, or as a serial.

They can be difficult to find and sometimes not all of the paper is published. This page will provide you with a few clues to locate conference proceedings.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you are unable to locate the paper after searching the library resources, try searching WorldCat.

Postgraduate students and staff can request items via document delivery.


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Search the library catalogue

A citation for a conference paper will look something like:

Smierzchalski, R. 2008. “Simulation System for Marine Engine Control Room.” Paper presented at International Biennial Baltic Electronic Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, October 6-8.

You could try searching the catalogue using the complete conference title. You can also try entering the location of the conference and the year.

Search databases

Some databases include citations or full text of conference papers.

Search the Internet

Some proceedings may be freely available online. Try searching for the title as a phrase using quotation marks (" "). 

Many organisations have details of past and future conferences on their website. Sometimes the full text of previous conferences is available.