Attending conferences is a popular way of staying current and networking with colleagues.
Conference proceedings are the collected papers which are published following a conference.
Confererence papers contain research that may not have made it into a book or journal yet, so may include the latest developments in a particular field.
Many subject-specific databases index conference proceedings. See 'Finding Conference Proceedings' on this page and check your own specialist subject databases.
Locating papers delivered at conferences can sometimes be difficult, but they can often be the only record of vital new research results. Some useful conference listings include:
Conferences for Digital Humanities, Digital Archives, Digital Libraries, and Digital Museums: An open Google calendar that lists meetings, symposia, seminars, institutes, and conferences aimed at professionals and students who are doing digital work in the humanities.
Many papers and posters presented at conferences are never published. However, they may be cited by people who attended the conference or gained a copy of the paper from the author or someone else who was there.Sometimes you may find that the author has published the substance of the paper in a later work, so you no longer need the conference paper. However if this doesn't apply, you can:
A call for papers (CFP) is used in academic and other contexts for collecting book or journal articles and conference presentations. A CFP usually describes a theme, the occasion for the CFP, and formalities such as the submission process.
Examples of CFP sources include:
PapersInvited presents an exhaustive list of Calls for Papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organisers in all disciplines. PapersInvited is accessible to UWA researchers through the PIVOT Database of Funding Opportunities.
WikiCFP is a wiki for Calls For Papers in Science & Technology fields. There are about 30,000 CFPs on WikiCFP with 100,000 researchers it each month.
Many subject-specific databases index conference proceedings