Academic journal articles and conference papers are one way in which you can find in-depth analysis on particular issues and current research information in a field.
Journal articles can be found by using the library catalogue, but we recommend you look in a discipline specific database. Conference papers, often compiled into conference proceedings, can also be found through the catalogue or a database like Scopus or ProQuest.
A conference paper is the text of a paper or presentation given at a conference. Papers from a particular conference are often compiled together as a conference proceeding.
Conference papers and proceedings are published in a variety of ways, which can make them tricky to find. They may be published as a book, a journal article, a special issue or supplement of a journal, or as part of a series. Sometimes the organisation that holds the conference may only publish abstracts from the conference, and not the entire papers. Authors may also publish their conference papers on their own website or on an institutional website. On other occasions conference papers may not be published at all!
Conference papers present the latest research and advancements in a particular field. Therefore, conference papers and proceedings can be a great source of current research and leading information in a field.
A search in the library catalogue or databases may find conference papers or proceedings published in journals, journal supplements, books or series. Be aware that published proceedings may not include ALL of the papers presented at the conference, especially if some papers are not peer-reviewed.
To find conference material in the library catalogue limit your search results to Conference Proceedings under Resource Type.
Many library databases index published conference papers and proceedings. The databases listed below are multidisclipinary databases that index conference papers and proceedings.