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ProceedingsFirst (Proceedings)

An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings

Why select this database?

  • Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.
  • Contains in each record a list of the papers presented at each conference.

Subjects included

  • conference proceedings
  • congresses
  • exhibitions
  • meetings
  • symposiums
  • workshops

Database details

Database name Proceedings
Short database name PCF1
Available on FirstSearch, WorldCat Discovery, and
Sources Included in each record
Number of records Over 490,000
Coverage Covers 1993 to the present
Update frequency Semanal
Producer OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.


Index labels and search examples

Use a colon after an index label (for example, au:) when you are not certain of your search terms. Use an equal sign after an index label (au=) for an exact match search. You can search with an index label from any search screen. The information you type overrides any default menu selections. The following examples show sample rather than actual searches.

Search indexes Etiquetas Ejemplos
Keyword kw: desert+
Accession number no: pcfiwases3elsevier19951994se
BL location bl: q88/04009

Conference location cl: new delhi
Conference name cn: management
Conference name phrase cn= world environment congress
Conference sponsor sp: lunar
Conference sponsor phrase sp= lunar and planetary institute
Content type ct: abstracts
Content type phrase ct= printed papers
Date of conference dk: 1985
Editor ed: nicolis
Editor phrase ed= nicolis g
Identificador id: probability theory
Language phrase ln= spanish
Notes nt: food*
Fecha de publicación pd: 1994

[browse index for date formats]
Editorial pb: cambridge
Número estándar sn: 0001-2092

9780070435483 [ISBN]
Asunto su: mathematical statistics
Subject phrase su= maternal nutrition
Índice tc: foster
Table of Contents phrase tc= brain efflux pathways for gp120
Título ti: cannabinoids
Title phrase ti= symposium a la memoire de francois jaeger
Año yr: 1997

Index use and structure

What follows is a list of FirstSearch indexes and the combination of USE and STRUCTURE attributes that can be used to access them.

  1. For any FirstSearch label where multiple USE attributes are listed all the attributes will provide the exact same search result sets.
  2. Any USE attribute that is not marked as a restrictor is available via the SCAN service.
  3. Limiters are specially implemented indexes and are not available for scanning. Terms for these must be ANDed with other terms to limit the size of the result set. See the table provided for each limiter to determine valid terms and their associated meaning.

FirstSearch Indexes and USE and STRUCTURE attributes used to access them:

Índice Descripción Atributo de uso Estructura Atributo Indexed Fields and Subfields
Palabra clave (kw) Cualquier 5110 2 245/a,p





Keyword All (ka) Cualquier 1016 2 100/a







Accession Number (no) Control number local 12 2 035/a

BL Location OCLC Defined 5663 2 980/x,y
Conference Location (cl) Name Geographic 5119 2 711/c
Conference Name (cn, cn=) Author-name-conference 1006 1,2 711/a
Date of Conference (dk) OCLC Defined 5066 2 711/d
Editor (ed, ed=) OCLC Defined 1020
1,2 100/a

Identifier (id) OCLC Defined 29 2 653/a
Language Phrase (ln=) Code — language 54 1 546/a

Material Type (ct, ct=) Material-type 1034 1,2 598/b
Notes (nt) Nota 63 2 500/a
Publisher (pb) Name Publisher 1018 2 260/a
Publication Date (pd) Date 30 2 008
Series Title (se, se= ) Title-series 5 1,2 490/a
Standard Number (sn, sn=) Identifier — standard 1007

1,2 020/a

Sponsor (sp, sp=) OCLC Defined 5710 1, 2 970/w
Subject (su, su=) Asunto 21 1, 2 653/a
Table of Contents (tc, tc=) OCLC Defined 5677 1, 2 505/r,t
Title (ti, ti=) Título 4 1,2 245/a,p


Year (yr) Date-publication 31 2,4,5 008


Record display information

List of FirstSearch fields for Proceedings and the MARC fields to which they correspond:

Nombre del campo Campo(s) MARC
Año 008
ISBN 020/a
Accession number 035/a
Language Code of Text 041/a
Editor(s) 100/a

Main Title 245/a
Volume Title 245/p
Alternate Title 246/a
Book Publisher 260/a
Book Series Title 490/a
Book Series Volume Number 490/v
Series ISSN 490/x
Notes 500/a
Índice 505/c,r,t,w
Idioma 546/a
Tipo de material 598/b
Identificador 653/a
Conference 711/a,c,d
Variant Title 740/a
Non-English (languages) 917/j
Language of Text Code Expanded 936/0
Conference Sponsor 970/w
Document Type 949/i
OCLC Record Display Type 949/x
British Library Serial Shelfmark 980/x
British Library Book Location 980/y


The following limiters can be used only in conjunction with an index search.   They must be added to an index search with the Boolean AND in order to receive results:

Limiter Tipo Input Atributo de uso Estructura Atributo
Language* No Limit




54 1
Year* All years

Single year

Range of years

19xx, 20xx

19xx - 20xx
31 4,5

* Both an index and a limiter.


Search results in the Proceedings database can be sorted by Conference Name (1006), Date of Conference (5066), Publication Date (30), Editor (1020) and Title (4)

General punctuation rules

(Exceptions are made, but these are generally correct):

Punctuation Rule Punctuation Rule
" Delete and collapse $ Delete and collapse
' (apostrophe) Delete and collapse % Delete and collapse
. Delete and collapse * Delete and collapse
, (comma) Delete and collapse + Delete and collapse
; Delete and collapse > Delete and collapse
: Delete and collapse < Delete and collapse
() Delete and collapse @ Delete and collapse
<> Delete and collapse ? Delete and collapse
{} Delete and collapse -- Delete and collapse
[] Delete and collapse / Substitute a space
= Delete and collapse - Retain and index
! Delete and collapse & Retain and index
# Delete and collapse

Searching tips

Phrase indexes: Delete and collapse leading articles A, AN & THE.

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