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Finding Conference Papers

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Conference papers can be tricky to find as there is no standard way of publishing or indexing them. They might be published as online conference papers, as articles within a journal or as books of conference proceedings.


Databases that contain full text conference papers
The databases listed below can be found by visiting our A-Z of Databases pages or the My Subject pages on the library homepage.
  • Library All Search includes conference papers from a number of sources. You can filter your search results by conference proceeding.
  • ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) Digital Library includes access to some of their conference proceedings. Search the ACM Digital Library site to check for access.
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library (IEEE/IET Electronic Library) includes the full text of all IEEE and IET conferences from 1988 onwards.
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) includes access to the full text of some conferences. You can search for them by limiting your search to Publications: ‘Collected Works – Proceedings’.
  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science publishes conference proceedings as books within the series. We have access to LNCS from 1973 onwards.
  • Lyell Collection provides access to conferences published by the Geological Society of London

Databases that index conference papers
  • Specialist literature databases provided by the library, which can be accessed via the My Subject tab.
  • Literature databases that cover a wide range of subjects such as Web of Science, Scopus and ZETOC which can be accessed via the Databases A-Z pages.
  • Google Scholar includes conference papers from specific publishers and open access resources.

Searching for conference proceedings as books
If you cannot find the full text of a conference paper online then the conference proceedings might have been published as a book.
  • Use the Library All Search to search for the title of the conference (not the title of the conference paper).

Obtaining Conference Papers
  • If the library does not have access to a conference paper you are interested in then request a copy via Document Supply.

Other options and finding conference presentations
Not all conference presentations are published as full conference papers or proceedings.
  • At various intervals after the conference check the conference website to see if they have made presentations/papers/proceedings freely available.
  •  Find the presenter’s/author’s website and see if they have made their paper/presentations available.
  •  Some authors make their work available via their institutional repository, like the Leicester Research Archive, or via commercial sites such as ResearchGate and Academia.
  • Contact the author directly and request a copy of the presentation/paper.



For further help finding conference proceedings please contact: librarians@le.ac.uk

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