Find Conference Proceedings

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.