Civil and Environmental Engineering: Conference Proceedings

Resources for civil engineering and environmental engineering

How to find Conference Proceedings

Papers presented at conferences are a major source of information in engineering. Unfortunately they can be somewhat difficult to find. If you have a paper from a conference follow this process in order to obtain a copy:


  1. Determine the sponsor of the conference. If it is one of the associations listed below in this box, follow the link to get to the paper.
  2. If it is not one of those organizations then you will need to search to see if we (or Summit) own a paper copy of the proceedings of the conference. Determine the name of the conference (not including the number, year, and location of conference).
  3. Search in the Library Catalog to see if we or any of our Summit partners owns a copy of the conference proceedings.
  4. If it is unavailable through WorldCat Local then you will need to do an interlibrary loan request to get a copy of the paper.
Organizations Whose Proceedings We Subscribe To:
  • American Society of Civil Engineers: paper proceedings
    • In Primo Search "Paper Proceedings" AND " American Society of Civil Engineers"
    • Filter results in Primo by "Conference Proceedings"
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers: paper proceedings
    • In Primo Search "Paper Proceedings" AND " American Society of Mechanical Engineers"
    • Filter results in Primo by "Conference Proceedings"
  • Association for Computing Machinery: ACM Digital Library
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers: IEEE Xplore (1988 to present), microfiche collection (1983-1987)
  • SPIE: SPIE Digital Library

Core Resources

Related Resources

Indexes to Conference Proceedings

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it (mostly) for free through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks through Interlibrary Loan.   

Citation Management Tools

With these tools you can collect book and article citations from the library catalog and databases. Then using a plugin for MS Word, you can insert those citations into your paper in the appropriate format. 

See the library guide, Manage Citations with Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote, on how to use these tools. The Library provides workshops and support for Zotero.