Proceedings are the official records for professional meetings of organizations, such as conferences and workshops. Proceedings can be an important source of information, and are many times the most current available on particular research or topics.
They are published in many forms, including articles, books, or parts of a series. Some papers may be edited and re-published in other books or journals.
Note: Not all conferences publish proceedings, and not all published proceedings, are peer-reviewed. Also, not all journals that have the word "Proceedings" in their titles are conference proceedings (e.g., Mayo Clinic Proceedings and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).
All of the search strategies and examples in this guide can also be used to find working papers, which cover specialized original research and are usually intended for an academic audience.
There are a number of places you can search for details about conference proceedings and papers.
A search in the Library Catalog will find proceedings that are published as books, serials/journals, journal supplements, technical reports, and book chapters.
Literature databases may link to full-text papers for proceedings.