Conferences are useful ways for academics to present and discuss their work. They can be published formally: sometimes as a book (series), sometimes more like a journal or informally online.
We have a good collection from the ACM, IEEE & IEE/IET (mostly online), and from the European Space Agency (print/CD). We have a number of other engineering and science conferences, mostly in print.
A correctly formatted reference will tell you exactly where to find the full article:
Pennie, D.J. et al (2007). Human factors guidance for maintenance, International Conference - Human Factors in Ship Design, Safety and Operation, March 21-22. London: Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 145-154.
This article was written by D.J. Pennie & colleagues, and the article's title is "Human factors guidance for maintenance". It was published in 2007 in the conference called "International Conference - Human Factors in Ship Design, Safety and Operation". It was published by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in London and the article ran from page 145 to 154.
Found a good conference article? Now you need to know whether you can get the full text.
If you've run a database search, the article's record may have a "Full Text" or "PDF" link - that's great: click to get the full text. If not,look out for the Full Text Finder icon and any links that will search the library catalogue for you.
These links tend to be less reliable for conferences than journals. It's always worth doing a manual search of Library Search.
Search WebCat for the conference title not the article title.
If we don't have the conference (paper) or technical report you need it's worth a searching Google to see if there's a free/open access version somewhere.
If not you can request it via our Inter-Library Loans service.