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Strategies for researching advanced acoustics information at SIBL
The library holds research-level books, journals and electronic databases of current acoustics research. It also has directories of companies offering services in acoustics, and directories of industry acoustics standards. Advanced research in acoustics can be technical and may require higher mathematics skills, such as knowledge of the wave equations of sound or advanced computing techniques. Ask a reference librarian at the McGraw Information Services desk on the lower level if you need help at any time; for example, in searching a particular topic or locating a journal.
You can take down any books from the open reference shelves located around the lower-level reading room and read them at a desk for as long as you are in the library (please simply leave them on your desk for reshelving at the end of the day). There are several useful titles in acoustics:
Encyclopedia of acoustics. Crocker, Malcolm J., editor-in-chief. New York : John Wiley, c1997. *R-SIBL QC221.5 .E53 This isn't an "Encyclopedia" in the traditional sense (it has no alphabetical entries), but a four-volume handbook of advanced technical essays on various aspects of acoustics. Also contains introductory chapters for the general reader.
Audio engineer's reference book, Talbot-Smith, Michael editor. Focal Press, Oxford, 2001 *R-SIBL TK7881.4 .A926 Theory and practice for recording studio and broadcast engineers.
Handbook of acoustical measurements and noise control. Harris, Cyril M. editor. Woodbury, NY : Acoustical Society of America, c1998, c1991. *R-SIBL TD892 .H32
Sound system engineering, Davis, Don. Focal Press, Boston, c1997.
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards.Print editions of current standards are held on the open reference shelves in the reading room at SIBL. The Subject Index in Volume 1 lists specs, testing methods and practices under “acoustic, acoustical, noise”… etc *R - TA401.A653
Search the library’s catalog for advanced acoustics books and journals, by consulting the research materials catalog (CATNYP) at one of the terminals. Search by ‘subject’ using the following terms (Library of Congress subject listings):
If you find the CATNYP record for an item you want to see, print it on the attached printer (printing is free for catalog records). Write the call number and title on one of the special paper call slips and hand it in at the Altman desk. Wait several minutes for your book or journal to be retrieved from one of the five floors of shelves located on the building’s upper levels. When you collect your item you can read it at your desk in the reading room for as long as you are in the library, or make photocopies of sections or articles that interest you. If you simply want to browse the most recent issues of a particular journal, specify on the call slip that you want ‘the most recent issue that the library has received’, or ‘all issues from the last year’, for example.
Find detailed articles and research papers on a specific topic, using one of the library’s electronic indexes/databases in the Electronic Information Center (EIC) on the lower level. Here are some examples of recent acoustic topics to give you an idea of the detailed level of search you can make in these databases:
Active sound and vibration control
Some databases simply provide you with a citation to an article while others give you the full text in an electronic form. The library pays for these resources.
Academic Search Premier
Inspec (available on-site at SIBL)
IEEEXplore (available on-site at SIBL)
Science Direct (available on-site at SIBL)
If the database offers the full text of an article, you will see a link in your list of search results. If you only get a citation to an article, consult the CATNYP research catalog to see if that journal is available at SIBL and note the journal’s call number. Request the volume or issue using a paper ‘call slip’ for retrieval from the library’s stacks. If you cannot find a journal in CATNYP ask a reference librarian at the McGraw Information Services desk. If the library does not subscribe to a journal you need, the reference librarian may be able to refer you to another New York library that does have the item.