Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2018     Views: 1572

Conference proceedings are the research and technical papers presented at a professional association meeting. Conferences are also called symposia, workshops, expositions, exhibitions, etc. You can search for proceedings in the APUS Library or on the open web.

To find proceedings in Primo, use the Resource Type filter:

conference proceedings filter



To find conference proceedings on the open web, you'll want to look at the websites of professional associations, societies or organizations. (You can find lists of associations for your field on our APUS Library Program guides.)

Once on the website, look for information about their publications. These links may be labeled as Publications, Research, Resources, Proceedings, or the like.

Searching advice:

  • Typically, organization websites will include information from recent meetings only.  Older conference proceedings may not be available.
  • Proceedings can often take 1-3 years to be published.
  • Sometimes conference proceedings are published as a "special issue" of a journal published by the association. The title of the special issue may or may not match the title of the conference itself.
  • Proceedings are often only available to meeting attendees or to members of the organization.
  • There may be a charge for conference proceedings if you are not a member of that organization.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Requesting conference proceedings via ILL can take longer than regular journal article requests. Proceedings often take longer to locate and may only be available in abstract format. Proceedings cannot always be obtained from other libraries. This is because they are typically only provided to the conference attendees or, in some cases, not published in print format.

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