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Grey Literature in the Health Sciences: Meeting Abstracts

Provides resources and strategies for finding and using grey literature in health science research.

Why Search for Meeting Abstracts?

"Less than half of all studies, and about 60% of randomized or controlled clinical trials,initially presented as summaries or abstracts at professional meetings are subsequently published as peer-reviewed journal articles."¹

¹From the Plain Language Summary of: Scherer RW, Langenberg P, von Elm E. Full publication of results initially presented in abstracts. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: MR000005. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.MR000005.pub3.

Searching for Meeting abstracts and Conference Proceedings

Many conference proceedings, meeting abstracts, and symposia are published in journal supplements.  These supplements are generally not indexed in PubMed so you need to search other places to find them.  

  • In some cases, you'll find meeting abstracts or conference proceedings listed at the individual presentation level.  Other times, the database may be arranged at the meeting or conference level.
  • Society webpages may archive conference abstracts and presentations

The links below provide instructions on where and how to find abstracts and proceedings online.

Places to Find Meeting Abstracts & Conference Proceedings

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