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Tips on Locating Conference Proceedings

Scientific and medically related meeting items are not easily found.  Meeting papers and abstracts at many conferences and congresses are not always readily available on the Internet. Below are a few tips for locating conference proceedings.

Please do not hesitate to contact a reference librarian at a local academic or hospital institution for assistance. Levels of assistance vary among libraries, so please call ahead!
You may also email me at I will reply within 48 hours in most cases.

Index and database suggestions

Very often published meeting items (as abstracts and papers)are included in  a scientific or medical journal. While a journal itself may be online, much of its content may not be free. However, many journals are freely available at an academic or medical library through institutional subscriptions. Call ahead and ask for a reference librarian.
Here are a few good places to start searching:

  • PubMed (premier source of biomedical information)
  • Library catalogs, including university library catalogs ; shared library catalogs as OhioLINK and WorldCat
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health) Available at many academic libraries
  • Subscription based indexes and databases available at many academic libraries, as PapersFirst (OCLC), Proceedings First (OCLC), Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), BIOSIS Previews/Biological Abstracts, CSA/Proquest (Conference Proceedings Index) and Academic Search Premier

Tips on locating the full text of any freely available  items on the Internet

  • Search using more than one search engine. Google does not search the entire World Wide Web (WWW). Other options include,, and [science search engine]. Check the search engine’s Search Tips or Help area for tips on effective searches.
  • Search for the sponsoring conference or association. At times the conference itself will have a Web site. Some organizations provide the full text of some or all meeting items.
  • For example, the XVIII International AIDS Conference provides abstracts and Webcasts.
  • Search using the author’s name. Include his or her affiliation (as a university) to help narrow the search.

Consider contacting the author or the association which sponsored the meeting
Associations and organizations may charge for their services. Many authors are happy to share their publications.


October 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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