What's in a name?
Your conference is another person's symposium. Here are synonyms that you might want to consider while searching:
- Symposium / symposia
- Colloquy / colloquia / colloquium
Chapter 3 of the National Library of Medicine's style guide shows you how to cite an entire conference, while Chapter 12 does the same for papers and posters presented at meetings.
Finding research presented at a conference can be a challenge. Why? Here are three key reasons:
- Not all conference organizers publish their material, either in print or online. If they do, they may restrict access or distribution to conference attendees or members of the sponsoring society.
- If they publish online, they may not maintain an archive beyond a current year; if they publish in print, it may take several years or be available only in a format not collected by most libraries.
- Databases may ignore conference materials - for example, PubMed only records the overall title of a journal's meeting supplement, not the individual abstracts - or index only certain types.
Undiscouraged? For recent conferences, first try googling the conference name or organizer. If you're lucky, you will get immediate access to the conference materials. If you're unsuccessful or are looking for older conferences, try one of the databases listed below.
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