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Conference Proceedings

A guide to conference proceedings: what they are, where they come from, how to find them.

Introduction

It is important to understand the elements presented in a citation.  This will allow you to break down your search into manageable and repeatable steps.

Decipering a Citation Example

The Citation

Filss, M.F., Hummel, L., Effects of Low Energy Beta Emissions on the Measurement Technique and Exposition.  Proc 8th Int Conf Radioact Waste Manage Envir Remed, Bruges, Belgium, Sep 30-Oct 4, 2001, ICEM’01. Sponsored by ASME. ASME, 2002. VOL 3, pp. 1805-1812.  ISBN: 0791835901. Taboas, R.; Vanbrabant, R.; Benda, G. (editors)

Deciphering the Citation

Be careful! This citation is short but it is jam packed with information.  The most notable is the authorship: there are personal authors, editors and publishers all listed. 

Also note the abbreviations.  Are you sure you know what they mean?  Does Remed = remedies or remediation?  Is the word "and" between the words "Management" and "Environmental"?  Sometimes a simple Google search can help clarify these abbreviation issues.   

One last point to note is the difference between the conference name and the proceedings title.  Knowing that there is a difference will help you to recognize when you have found what you are looking for.

 

Author(s) of the Paper: Filss, M. F.; Hummel, L

Title of Paper: Effects of Low Energy Beta Emissions on the Measurement Technique and Exposition 

Conference Location/Dates: Bruges, Belgium, Sep 30-Oct 4, 2001.

Conference Name: ICEM’01: the 8th International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management 

and Environmental Remediation 

Conference Sponsor(s): American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 

Proceedings Publisher: ASME

Year of Publication: 2002 

Serial Title: PROCEEDINGS OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT AND 

ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION

Abbreviated Proceedings Title: Proc 8th Int Conf Radioact Waste Manage Envir Remed, ICEM’01

Proceedings Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RADIOACTIVE WASTE 

MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION, 2001

Volume/Page Number: VOL 3, pp. 1805-1812 

Unique Identifier: ISBN: 0791835901 

Proceedings Editor(s): Taboas, R.; Vanbrabant, R.; Benda, G.