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Finding Grey Literature

Finding Grey Literature

Finding Conference Papers

Web of Science indexes the published literature of the most significant scholarly or scientific conferences around the world. 

ZETOC provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service, to enable you to keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers.  If you find a useful paper, but the University of Birmingham does not hold it, you can get a copy through our Interlibrary Loans and Document Supply  Many papers and posters presented at conferences are never published.  However, they may be cited by people who attended the conference or got a copy of the paper from the author or discussant or someone else who was there. 

Sometimes you may find that the author has published the substance of the paper in a later work, meaning that you no longer need the conference paper. However if this doesn't apply, you can:   

  • Search to see if a version of the paper is in an institutional repository    
  • Contact the author direct to request a copy of the paper
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