What are Conference proceedings?
- Conference proceedings are collections of papers or collections of abstracts of papers presented at local, national or international conferences, meetings, congresses, symposia, seminars, workshops or colloquia.
- Conference papers are a rapid means of communicating new research to a wide audience of scientists. Not all papers presented at conference are published, or may only be published as abstracts.
Finding Conference Proceedings on a Topic
To locate conference papers on a specific topic choose the appropriate indexes or abstracts. Some of the major indexes or abstracts are:
- BIOSIS Previews (biological sciences)
- Engineering Village 2 (all aspects of engineering)
- Geobase (ecology, geography)
- GeoRefs (geology)
- Inspec (physics, astronomy, computer science)
- MathSciNet (mathematics)
- Scifinder Scholar (all aspects of chemistry)
To find what conference proceedings McMaster Libraries carry on a specific subject:
- do a keyword search of your topic in the Library Catalogue
- limit your results to "Publication Type: Congresses" (this option is under "Refine your search" to the left of your search results
Finding Specific Conference Proceedings at McMaster Libraries
To find out if McMaster Libraries carry a particular proceeding, whether in print or electronically, search the Library Catalogue.
- Search by title of proceedings
- e.g. proceedings of the second international conference on computing in civil engineering OR proceedings second international computing civil (use a few words from the title)
- Conference proceedings can also be searched by the name of the conference:
- e.g. international conference on computing in civil engineering
Obtaining Conference Proceedings not held at McMaster Libraries
Conference proceedings not held at McMaster Libraries may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.