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How to Find Engineering Conference Proceedings

About Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings are also called Congresses, Symposiums, Colloquiums, Annual Meetings, the list goes on. They are shelved according to their subject area in the General Stacks collection at the Engineering Library (i.e. on the third or fourth floors) or some may be online (see below).

Search Tips

Conference proceedings can be tricky to find since sometimes they are cataloged individually (like a book) or as a series (like a journal). Here are some tips to help you find conference proceedings at the UW and beyond.

The GOLDEN RULE to finding one in the catalog is to:

Use unique words from the title of the conference and
search these words as a KEYWORD search in the catalog.


More search tips:

  • Search on the association or conference title as an AUTHOR in the catalog.
  • Use the organizational acronym in your search (e.g. ASME, SME).
  • Use the date in the keyword search

Sometimes it will be necessary to verify the citation before being able to determine whether the UW owns the item or not. You can often find conference proceedings:

  • in UW Libraries Search
  • on the sponsoring organization’s website.
  • in the Compendex or INSPEC databases.

Search in UW Libraries Search
Searching in the UW Libraries Search system finds items that are available at the UW Libraries or are requestable from a Summit Library. 

Find at the UW Libraries Only 

Before you put key words in the search menu, click the downward arrow beside Articles, Books, and more for the pull-down a menu that allows you to choose UW Libraries only.

Online Conference Proceedings @the UW Libraries

You can also find additional conference proceedings in areas like civil and environmental engineering (ASCE), electrical engineering (IEEE), computer science (ACM), optical engineering (SPIE) and aeronautic and astronautic engineering (AIAA) from the following online collections from the UW Engineering Library:

You can access more online collections from the Engineering Databases List on the Engineering Library website.

If the paper you need is not online we may have the conference in print in the UW Engineering Library or you can request it from Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Need More Help?

If you are unable to find the conference proceedings you are looking for, feel free to contact a UW librarian by clicking on the ask us! button at the top of this page or by calling the Engineering Library Reference Desk at (206)543-0741.