Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
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How do I find industry information for building/construction?
See also Helpsheet #7 at the McGraw Desk for additional industry resources.
Location of Source
General overview: Construction
Encyclopedia of Global Industries
Company/Industry Section; also EIC database: Business & Company
History, projections, leading companies, and analyses of Construction
materials wholesalers; equipment & machinery (NAICs 421610, 421810)
Manufacturing & Distribution USA
Financial and operating data/ratios for companies in Building Materials & Equipment
Mergent’s Industry Review
Industry profile, current environment, market trends, and outlook
for Construction, property development
Industry survey and monthly investment review: Homebuilding
Standard & Poor’s Industry Survey
Company/Industry Section; also EIC database
1- page industry analysis/investment advice on “Homebuilding” and “Building
Value Line Investment Survey
Financial Services; consult Index at McGraw Desk; also EIC Database
Reviews, forecasts, and key indicators for Construction
WEFA Industrial Monitor
How do I find out about technologies related to building/construction?
To find definitions, descriptions and technical data in the building/construction,
consult ready reference sources such as: Dictionaries
and Encyclopedias and Handbooks.
The following is a selection of resources that can be found
in the open-shelf reference collection on the lower level of Science, Industry
and Business Library (SIBL). Call numbers are in brackets after the title.
Items with call numbers preceded with “*R-SIBL” can be found on the
open shelves; numbers without “*R-SIBL” must be requested from the
Altman Delivery Desk.
Search in the library’s CATNYP catalog
or consult with a librarian for more resources.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- Contractors' Dictionary of Equipment, Tools, and Techniques (*R-TA9
- Dictionar poliglot: constructii, materiale de constructii si hidrotehnica:
engleza, româna, germana, franceza, rusa. 1979. (JSE 81-211)
- Dictionary of Architecture & Construction (*R-NA31 .H32)
- Dictionary of Engineering Acronyms and Abbreviations (*R-T11 .K43)
- Encyclopedia of Materials : Science and Technology (*R-TA402 .E53)
- Illustrated Building Glossary (*R-TH9 .M355)
- RS Means Cost Data Books including: (for info about RS Means publications: http://www.rsmeans.com/)
- Assemblies (*R-TH435.B848)
- Building Construction (*R-TH435 .B84)
- Concrete & masonry cost data (*R-TA682.26.C66)
- Electrical (*R-TK435 .M42)
- Facilities Construction (*R-TH435.M425)
- Heavy Construction (*R-TH435.M4291)
- Interior (*R-TH435.I576)
- Light Commercial (*R-TH4315.M43)
- Mechanical (*R-TH435.M435)
- Open Shop Building Construction (*R-TH435.O52)
- Plumbing (*R-TH6235 .M43)
- Repair and Remodeling (*R-TH3411.R6)
- Residential (*R-TH4815.8.M43)
- Site Work and Landscape (*R-TH435.M367)
- Square Foot Costs (*R-TH435 .M44)
- Building Design and Construction Handbook (*R-TH151 .B825 1994)
- Civil engineering handbook (*R-TA151 .C57 )
- CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook (*R-TA403.4 .C74)
- Ecological Design Handbook: Sustainable Strategies for Architecture,
Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Planning (*R-NA2542.35 .E26)
- Fire Protection Handbook (*R-TH9150 .F57)
- Kempe's Engineers Year-Book (*R-TA151.A1.E6 Latest ed.)
- Smithell’s Metals Reference Book (*R-TN671 .S55 1992)
What are regulations & standards that I have to follow for the building/construction
The American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) defines standards as
documented agreements containing technical specifications or other precise
criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of
characteristics, to ensure that materials, products, processes and services
are fit for their purposes. There are both voluntary and mandatory standards
that can also become government regulations.
See SIBL’s Science & Technology web page on Standards for additional information.
See also the following for industry specific standards information:
- ADA Compliance: The Complete Planning & Practice Guide (*R-KF3469.
- A.S.T.M. Standards (American Society for Testing Materials) (*R-TA401.A653)
- Building Code of the City of New York http://nyc.gov/html/dob/html/code.html (*R-KFX2030
.A2B8 Latest ed.)
- Building Code of New York State (*R- KFN5813.A44)
- Directory of building codes and regulations: by city and state (*R-KF5701
- High Performance Building Guidelines / City of New York Department of
Design and Construction http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/ddc/html/ddcgreen/ (*R-NA2542
- Index and Directory of Industry Standards (*R-T59.2 .U615 Latest ed.)
- International Building Code (International Code Council) (*R-K3538.A15.I5
Latest ed.) Note: supersedes BOCA
- International Fire Code (International Code Council) (*R-K4180.F57 I58
- National Fire Codes (NFPA) (call# for 2001 codes: JBM 01-619; call# for
Master Index: JBM 01-620)
- International Mechanical Code (International Code Council) (*R-KF5701.A73
I58 Latest ed.)
- International Plumbing Code (BOCA, et al) (*R-K3542.I58 Latest ed.)
- National Electrical Code (NFPA) (*R-TK260 .N47b Latest ed.)
- Ramsey/Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards (American Institute of
Architects) (*R-TH2031.R35 2000)
How do I find contractors, suppliers, buyers, competitors and other related
professionals in the building/construction industry?
- Trade associations and trade shows
- Electronic and Print directories to locate manufacturers,
suppliers, competitors, wholesalers
- Industry Directories on
SIBL’s home page: http://www.nypl.org/research/sibl/trade/index.cfm
Professional and Trade Associations
Listed below is a selected list of associations, including
their Web sites and major publications where appropriate:
General reference sources for additional associations:
- Encyclopedia of Associations (*R-AS22.E5) also available via the
following database: Gale's Ready Reference Shelf (available
in the Electronic Information Center (EIC), or from home with a library
card at the following Web site: http://www.nypl.org/databases/index.cfm?act=2&j=home )
- National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States
(*R-HD2425.D53 Latest ed. at McGraw Desk)
- Trade Shows Worldwide (*R-SIBL T394.T723)
- Tradeshow Week Data Book (*R-SIBL T394.T725 )
- TSNN.com - The Ultimate Tradeshow Resource (http://www.tsnn.com/)
Use Electronic and Print directories
to locate manufacturers, suppliers, competitors, wholesalers:
These resources are available in the Rohatyn Electronic Information
Center (EIC) at SIBL only. The EIC is located on the lower level
of the library. From the Electronic Information Center (EIC) menu, Select ‘Electronic
Databases’, then ‘Business Resources’, then ‘Company Directories’.
- Blue Book Building and Construction. New York. http://www.thebluebook.com/
- Reference USA
Directory. Provides addresses, sales information, executives, for over
12 million U.S. companies. Searchable by state, city, zip code, and
SIC code and yellow page headings/industries such as textile manufacturers.
Updated: Monthly. Zip code listing for all 5 boroughs Bronx, Brooklyn,
Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island.
- Thomas Register of American Manufacturers & Thomas Register
of European Manufacturers (TREM)
Directories of manufacturing companies. Thomas Register also has a free
web site http://www.thomasregister.com and http://www.tipcoeurope.com/ for
searching companies; registration is required. Print version of Thomas
Register (U.S.) is on lower level Company/Industry Section, call number
*R-SIBL T12.T6. This database is not on all networked computers.
- Sweet's Catalog File. Architects, Engineers & Contractors
Consult SIBL’s home page - Research
Guides - Industry Specific Directories for additional resources.
- Blue Book Building and Construction NJ (*R-TH13 N50 Latest ed. McGraw
- Blue Book Building and Construction. New York. http://www.thebluebook.com/
(*R-TH13.N53.B58 Latest ed. McGraw Desk)
- Construction Equipment Buyers Guide.
(JSM 94-371: Supplement, usually bound with June or July issues; request
at the Delivery Desk with call slip)
- Directory of Industrial Designers ( *R-TS171 A1 I49315)
- Membership directory / American Consulting Engineers Council (JBM
97-908, 2000/01 last edition)
- New York construction news directory (*R- HD9715.U5.N92)
- Pro File / American Institute of Architects (*R-NA53.A39 Latest ed.)
- Sweet's Catalog File. Architects, Engineers & Contractors Edition. http://sweets.construction.com/ (*R-TA401.S8
- Sweet's Directory (*R-TD195 B84 D57)
- Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook (*R-TA12 E4 Latest ed. McGraw Desk)
- Top 400 Contractors Sourcebook (*R-HD9715 U5 C663 Latest ed. McGraw
How can I keep current with the latest news and information in the building/construction
Indexes and Abstracts
An index is a print or electronic resource that provides citations
to articles published in periodicals, journals or newspapers. Some are general
while others are specific in their subject coverage.
An abstract has all the information provided by an index with the
addition of a summary of the article.
Note: For additional information on Indexes/Abstracts:
Guidelines to formulating a search strategy:
- Use AND, OR, NOT to combine your keywords: i.e.
“brick* and chimney*” will
yield articles with both terms
“cement or concrete” will yield articles with cement or concrete or both
“window* not Microsoft” will yield articles with windows without Microsoft
- Use truncation or wildcards (usually represented by * or ?) to find terms
with similar roots:
with yield articles with technical, technology, technologies, etc.
- To search a phrase, use quotes: e.g. “building code”; “air conditioner”
- To be more specific in a search, limit the search by:
Date (e.g. last 12 months)
Type (e.g. industry surveys; company overviews)
Format (e.g. full text)
Level (secondary; research)
Selected Electronic Databases
Related to Building & Construction
These resources are available in the Rohatyn Electronic Information Center
(EIC) at SIBL or are available from home/school/office with an NYPL borrowers
card (*) from the library website, (http://www.nypl.org/databases/index.cfm?act=2&j=home). See
also the Research Libraries listing of online databases: http://www.nypl.org/databases/ for a complete
listing of on-site databases.
Note: For additional information on electronic databases, see: http://www.nypl.org/research/sibl/science/scieic.htm
- Applied Science and Technology Abstracts
Articles. Abstract and Index Database. Locate articles in 390 key English
language periodicals in applied sciences. Covers engineering, computers,
mathematics, physics, energy related topics, chemistry, and data processing.
1983 - Present. Updated: Monthly. Also available in print 1958 - Present.
- Compendex Plus
Articles. Abstract and Index Database. Locate articles in all fields of engineering.
Journal articles, technical reports, monographs, and conference proceedings
are included. 1970 - Present. Updated: Weekly. Print copy of Engineering
Index is available on the lower level, call number *R-Z5851.E622.
- EBSCOHost (EIC) and (*)
A family of abstract and full-text databases. Relevant ones include: Academic
Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Masterfile Premier, Newspaper
Source, Professional Development Collection.
- PROMT (Predicast Overview of Markets and Technology) (EIC)
Articles. Full Text and Abstract Database. Use this database to
research companies, the products and technologies they produce, and the
markets in which they compete. Includes summaries and full text from nearly
1,000 business and trade journals, industry newsletters, newspapers, market
research studies, news releases, and investment and brokerage firm reports.
1994 - Present. Updated: Daily.
The following electronic databases also contains relevant articles/reports
regarding building and construction:
- Business & Company Resource Center (EIC) and (*)
- Environmental Policy Index (EIC)
- General BusinessFile ASAP (EIC)
Selected Print Indexes and Abstracts
- Ceramic Abstracts, 1922 - Present (*R-TP785.A64 (current), JSM 95-47)
- Environment Abstracts, 1974 - Present (*R-GF1.E553 (current), JLM 84-118)
- Metals Abstracts, 1968 - Present (*R-TN1.M5153 (current), JSM 94-290,
also see CATNYP)
- Pollution Abstracts, 1970 - Present (*R-TD172.P65 (current), JSM 95-12)
- RAPRA Abstracts (Rubber and Plastics), 1968 - Present (*R-TS1870 .R68
(current), JSM 94-799, also see CATNYP)
Resources for residential construction. Check out the "Building Process" link; includes an organizational directory.
- CMD First Source
Commercial building product information.
- Construction Jobs
- Construction WebLinks
Extensive directory of construction related Web sites, with annotations, hosted by a law firm. See, for example, link for "New Projects"; includes NYC specific sites.
- Contractor Resource Center
This site includes news, information for homeowners and contractors, lists of suppliers, and more.
- Engineering News Record
News, company rankings for contractors and design firms, directory listings, and materials info.
- McGraw-Hill Construction -- construction.com
News, projects, products, and industry related information. See also links for the Engineering News Record (ENR) and other resources. Free and fee-based information available.
- New York City Department of Buildings
See "Resources" page for online forms, licensing information, property profile overviews (including complaints), licensed tradesmen search, and more. See "Publications" page for Building Code.
See also http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/pdf/ibc.pdf for "Report on the Adoption of a Model Building Code" and http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/pdf/wtcbctf.pdf for "WTC Building Code Task Force: findings and recommendations 2/2003"
- The New York City Subway Resources Site
Monitored by an independent webmaster and unaffiliated with MTA, this site provides information about the NYC subway and bus systems, the Transit Museum, history, events, facts and figures contributed by volunteers.
- Ultimate Civil Engineering Directory
A portal of selected civil engineering web links chosen by professionals in the field.