Answered By: Emily Adams
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2016     Views: 2796

Conference proceedings are the collection of papers and/or posters that were presented at an association's conference or meeting. Conferences provide opportunity for people to present their research, and get input from other researchers and colleagues in their field.


Conference proceedings can help you discover:

  • who is researching a topic
  • what is currently being researched in a particular field


Papers presented at conferences are working papers; they are not peer-reviewed journal articles. Many of these papers will go on to be published in peer-reviewed journals, but others will not. 

You can tell that what you have found is a conference paper if, instead of a journal title, a conference or meeting title is listed as the publisher. You can see examples on the APA Style Blog: How to cite materials from meetings and symposia.


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