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A conference paper is the text of a paper or presentation given at a conferences, seminars, symposiums or similar which has been organised by a society or an organisation. These are sometimes compiled together with other papers presented at a single conference, which are referred to as conference proceedings. Recent conferences in your subject may provide you with current research, or new methodologies in your field of interest.
Conference papers are published in a variety of ways - they may be published as a book, or as a special issue or supplement to a journal. Some may not be published at all! This guide provides you with ways of keeping track of recent conferences and getting hold of conference papers.
Finding references to conference papers
The following sources include references to conference papers.
Conference Proceedings Citation Index
Gives references to publications from conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in science and technology subjects, including: agriculture and environmental sciences; biochemistry and molecular biology; biotechnology; medicine; engineering; computer science; chemistry; and physics.
A British Library database covering over 100,000 conference papers in all subjects from 1993 onwards. You can use it to set up email alerts, or search for specific papers.
Google Scholar allows you to search for scholarly literature from a variety of sources. For conference papers, add the word 'conference' and the year to your search, for example 'conference education 2018'
Databases in your subject may also cover conference papers. To find key databases in your area, click the following link.
Getting hold of conference papers
All the above databases link to our Item Finder, which shows you if the paper you need is available online. You can also automatically search our print holdings on the catalogue. Find out more about using our Item Finder in the link below.
If the paper you need is not available online or in the Library we can try to get it for you via Inter-Library Loan.
Need more help?
If you need help with finding information, then please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice.
Keeping up-to-date with conferences
Keep up to date with recent conferences by:
- browsing tables of contents of new issues of journals in your subject – whether print versions or online
- using alerting features on databases - such as re-running searches, email alerts or RSS feeds to be notified when additional articles on a subject or by a specific author are entered into the databases
- using alerting services/newsletters from publishers
- keep an eye on your social media accounts - most conferences now include hashtags in their branding, so that academics can follow conference proceedings and discuss papers or topics with others.
Further information, tips and examples are on our guide to keeping up-to-date:
Library guide to keeping up to date with new publications in your subject.