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Conference Proceedings: A How-To Guide

Techniques for locating conference papers and journal articles that were based on conference presentations.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME publishes over 2,000 conference papers per year. ASME Papers – if published as a technical paper, they are not published as part of a conference proceeding.

IMECE (International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition) – ASME sponsors this conference, but does not publish a conference proceedings. Some papers presented at IMECE are published by the individual ASME technical divisions as conference proceedings.

Proceedings of the ASME... series – conference papers not published as a technical paper are published in a conference proceeding in this series.

Some technical papers and some proceedings are also later published in ASME journals. Index to Place of Publication of ASME Papers 1950-1977 and also Index to Place of Publication of ASME Papers 1978-1988 are two print indexes that will allow researchers to check and see where specific ASME papers may have been reprinted.

You can also search ASMEpapers (for 2002-present) from within the ASME website on their conference proceedings page

Looking for a year not covered by any of the above options? I suggest you try searching by author/title in a database of published articles such as Compendex or Google Scholar. Or, look for later publications by the same author - they often cite their own earlier publications in the list of references.

Some information for this page taken from: Thompson, Larry A. 2001."Engineering Conference Papers: A Primer for Collection Development and Reference," Science & Technology Libraries, 20(4): 13-28.

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