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Physics: Conferences

About Conference Papers


Conferences papers are the papers presented at a conference, meetings, symposia, etc. by individual speakers.
Proceedings are the collection of conference papers that are published by the organizing institution of the conference or via a publisher.  They are distributed as printed books, on CDs, or made available on the Web.  Proceedings may include whole papers or just the abstracts.

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Finding Proceedings and Conference Papers

Locating conference proceedings can be complicated because of variations in:
  • publication title
  • publication type (separate, one-time publications, serials, or as special issues in journals)
  • content (abstracts, extended abstracts, or complete papers)
  • publication date (some proceedings may be published long after the actual conference date)
  • sponsoring associations' name

Try several approaches and don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help.

Search for conference proceedings in:
  • CAMEO, the Carnegie Mellon library catalog
  • Online (individual or institutional websites)


      General Search

      Covering a broad range of subjects, this database is an index to every worldwide published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting that is included in OCLC.  Every record inludes a list of the papers presented at each conference. 
      The extended search fields list makes this database the best way to search for proceedings.


      Specialized Search

      Most professional organizations offer access to their sponsored conferences.

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