How can I get the text of a paper presented at a conference or symposium?


Many conference papers are now available online. Older conference proceedings may be available in print either here in the UMN Libraries, or via Interlibrary Loan from other libraries. You may need to contact the society or organization who sponsored the conference, or the author of the paper.

  1. Search for the paper online using either the title of the paper or the title of the conference or symposium.
  2. Search for a print copy of the conference proceedings either in MNCAT (the UMN Libraries catalog) or in the WorldCat libraries catalog.
    • If the paper is available at the University of Minnesota you can link directly to the record and request it using our Get It service.
    • You can request that the paper be delivered to you via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This option is available in WorldCat for items not owned by the University of Minnesota Libraries, or visit our local ILL service to request the paper.
  3. Contact the organization or society that sponsored the conference.
  4. Contact the author of the paper. Try a general web search for the author, or find a recent article by the author and examine it to see if contact information or affiliation is noted. Also try such print and online resources as NATIONAL FACULTY DIRECTORY and BIOGRAPHY AND GENEOLOGY MASTER INDEX and LEXIS/NEXIS.
  5. Ask for help from library desk staff, or submit a query to Ask Us!, the Libraries online chat help service.
  6. Some databases that index papers presented at conferences (notably SOCIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS) collect and will supply photocopies for a price.


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