When you are supplied a citation for an article, book, or other source in a bibliography or your professor's syllabus, you'll need to parse and understand the parts of that citation to be able to find it.
Wong, W. E. (2012). Involving undergraduates in research: Motivations and challenges. 2012 IEEE 25th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, Nanjing, China. 148-148. doi:10.1109/CSEET.2012.35
- Author of paper: W. E. Wong
- Date of conference: 2012
- Paper title: Involving undergraduates in research: Motivations and challenges
- Conference proceeding title: 2012 IEEE 25th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training
- Conference location: Nanjing, China
- Page range: 148-148 (this is a one page paper)
- Digital object identifier: 10.1109/CSEET.2012.35 (if there's no DOI, the citation can list the publisher site or database where the conference paper was accessed)
How do we know this is a conference proceeding?
Conference papers can be difficult to find, since the title of the publication in which they are found (the proceedings) can be referred to in many ways: name of the conference, sponsor of the conference, location of the conference, topic of the conference, etc. Here, the two titles (paper and proceedings) plus the location of the conference are the clues (having the word conference or proceedings in the title helps too).