Harvard Referencing: Conference proceedings

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Basic format to reference conference proceedings

The basics of a Reference List entry for conference proceedings:

  • Author or authors of paper. The surname followed by first initials.
  • Year.
  • Title of paper (in single inverted commas).
  • Editors of conference proceedings.
  • Title of conference proceedings (in italics).
  • Location of conference.

Example:
Chia, M & Chiang, J (eds.) 2010 'Sport science and studies in Asia: issues, reflections and emergent solutions', Proceedings of the Access Conference in Sports Science 2008, Chinese Culture University.


                              

  • When referencing conference proceedings papers the techniques used are very similar to those employed when referencing journal articles.
    The name of the overall proceedings should appear in italics.
  • Reference should be made to the corporate body hosting the conference and the location of the conference.
  • There is no need to put the actual date of the conference, unless it is part of the title.

 

Referencing conference proceedings: Examples

Material Type In-text example Reference List example

Conference Paper: Online

 

(Bayne & Ross 2007)

Bayne, S & Ross, J 2007, 'The ‘digital native’ and ‘digital immigrant’: a dangerous opposition', Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), Brighton, Sussex, 11-13 December 2007, viewed 9 October 2011, <http://www.malts.ed.ac.uk/staff/sian/natives_final.pdf>.

For papers available online, include viewed date and URL (web site address).

Conference Paper: Published (Print)

(Buckley 2001)

Buckley, R 2001, 'Presentation on the application of regulatory and voluntary instruments for sustainable tourism development in small islands', Island tourism in Asia and the Pacific: a report on WTO/UNEP international conference on sustainable tourism in the islands of the Asia-Pacific region, Sanya, Island of Hainan, China, 6-8 December 2000, World Tourism Organization, Madrid, pp. 46-64.

The techniques for referencing conference papers are very similar to those used when referencing a journal article. Put the conference name in italics.

Conference Paper: Unpublished

(Olasoji & Draganova 2010)

Olasoji, R & Draganova, C 2010, 'Mobile Learning Portal for Computing Students' paper presented at the IADIS International Conference, Mobile Learning 2010, Porto, Portugal,19 - 21 March 2010.
 
For unpublished papers, include the phrase ‘paper presented at...’ before the name of the conference. You do not need to put the conference name in italics.

Complete Conference Proceedings

(WTO & UNEP 2001)

World Tourism Organization & United Nations Environment Programme 2001, Island tourism in Asia and the Pacific: a report on WTO/UNEP international conference on sustainable tourism in the islands of the Asia-Pacific region, Sanya, Island of Hainan, China, 6-8 December 2000, World Tourism Organization, Madrid.
 
This example shows how to deal with organisations as corporate authors.

The name, place and date of the conference are italicised because they form part of the title of the work.