What are they and why use them?
Conference papers: the written version of presentations given at conferences or meetings of professional/scholarly bodies and organisations.
Conference proceedings: a collection of these papers from a specific conference/meeting, generally reviewed by peers and collected together by the editors before being made available.
Conference papers can be a great way to find up to date information, research trends and innovations on a specific topic. Researchers often present their research findings first at conferences. This can allow you to get a better understanding of the findings from the Researcher themselves.
Where to find them
You can find conference papers and proceedings in a variety of locations. The Library subscribes to many databases which contain conference papers as well as journal articles, so look for proceedings or papers where you search for other items on your topic.
Many of the professional bodies and organisations carry the proceedings of their conferences, and these papers may or may not be indexed in more general databases. There are some databases specifically holding proceedings, including: