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Audio Engineering resources

Books, DVDs, CDs & print journals

Search for these in the JMC Academy Library Catalogue click on Library Catalogue link on Student Portal

Look in these sections for Audio subjects

Audio engineering 620-621

MIDI 780

Some recommendations to get you started…

Practical recording techniques by Bruce Bartlett – 621.3893 BAR Sound reinforcement handbook by Gary Davis – 621.3893 DAV The art of sound reproduction by John Watkinson – 621.3893 WAT

The MIDI manual by David Miles Huber – 780.285 HUB

Print journals

Audiotechnology – Periodicals section

Online resources

Please contact the librarian for remote access usernames and passwords.

Some other websites and online journals…

Journal of the Art of Record Production Pro Tools Training

Record Production

Pensado’s Place

Bobby Owsinski’s Blog


For academic journals and more Follow the link on the Library

Catalogue homepage Audio Engineering Society

Papers from the only professional society exclusively for audio


Sound on Sound

Recording technology magazine

Mix Magazine Online Australian Screen Guild Film Sound

Sound Bible Sound Clips


Search tips

These tips will save you time when you are researching. Most search pages will have a ‘search help’

section; read that to find other ways to search efficiently. Sometimes the symbols for truncation, wild cards and proximity searching vary between databases so the search help page will also tell you which symbols that database uses.


What: Replacing the end of a word with an * or ?, to find words with the same beginning, but with varying endings.

How: Type the root of the word, and place the * or ? at the end, eg. animat*

When you’d use it:

To find all the possible variations on the root of a word without typing them all into the search box. eg. animat* will find animate, animated, animating, animates, animation, animations. communicat* will find communicate,

communicates, communication, communications, communicating, communicated.

Don’t put the * or ? too early in the word or you’ll get results that aren’t relevant.

Wild cards

What: Use it to find different spellings of the same word

How: Put a # or an ! in place of the letter that varies. eg. colo#r, wom!n. The symbols used for wild cards vary between databases, so read the search help to see which symbols to use in a certain database.

When you’d use it:

 When one version of the word has an extra letter to another version, eg. colour and color

 To find spelling variations with the same number of letters, eg. woman and women


What: Boolean operators tell the database how to combine different keywords to get the results you want. AND will only find articles that include all your keywords. OR will find articles that contain any of the keywords. NOT will exclude articles that contain that term.

How: Use AND, OR, NOT between words

When you’d use it:


 To combine keywords that reflect different ideas, eg. animation AND critical theory

 If you want results that include all of those keywords in any order eg. punk AND Australia


 When there are multiple words for the concept you want, use OR to find any of the words, eg. film OR movie


 If you want to exclude records that contain a particular word, eg. animation NOT disney


Search tips

Searching for a phrase

What: Putting two or more words in double speech marks to tell the search that you only want articles where those words occur next to each other in that order.

How: eg. “digital television”

When you’d use it:

If you are looking for a specific search term that has two or more words that must appear in that order, eg. “digital television”, “sound effects”, “short film”

If you make your phrase too long you might miss out on relevant results, so only use 2-3 words.

Proximity searching

What: Proximity operators let you find one word within a certain distance of another. Usually




, short for

‘within’ and ‘near’ are the symbols used in a proximity search.

How: Not all databases allow proximity searching, and those that do have different ways of doing it. Read the search help in a database to find out how to do a proximity search in that database.

When you’d use it:

If you are looking for articles with words that should be near each other, but can have other words in between them.

Proximity operators can both broaden (find more results) or narrow (find fewer results) a search. They narrow a search by filtering out irrelevant results, but can broaden a search because proximity searching is less specific than searching for a phrase.

The subjects in a database can help you find other resources

If you are doing a search and find a useful article, you can look at the article’s subjects to find other search terms you can use. Some databases also have a link you can click to find similar articles.

too many results?

 Use more specific search terms

 Use the AND Boolean operator

 Use the NOT Boolean operator

 If your search terms contain a phrase, put speech marks around it

 Use proximity operators

too few results?

 Use broader search terms

 Try truncating a keyword that has many possible endings for the root word

 Use synonyms (different words for the same concept, eg. Animation and cartoon)

 Don’t search as a phrase

 Use the OR Boolean operator

 Use proximity operators


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Basic search

Display by relevance or


* An abstract is a short description of what the article is about.

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On the catalogue page, click on the link to the AES E-Library.

Display of Search Results

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search to narrow your



Advanced search

Search in the title, abstract or the whole

document Select

type of publication

 To search articles containing combined keywords or terms use AND, it will narrow your search and retrieve

documents with all the term(s) & keyword(s).

Example: noise AND music

 To search 2 words combined together use quotation marks "..."

Example: "hearing loss"

Broaden your search by using OR, it will look for documents containing any of the words or phrase(s).

Example: sound OR music OR tune OR melody

 Exclude some words by using NOT. It will look for documents that contain the selected term but not the other.

Example: "sound recording" NOT teaching

 You can use symbols for variants of spelling using ? or *


Teach* will search teacher, teachers, teach, teaches, teaching...

col?r will search documents containing the words colour, color...

col?r* will search colour, color, colors, colours, colors, colouring, colouring...

Search tips

With the advanced search you can refine your search to obtain better results.

Click on advanced search criteria to access the advanced search.

Select a date range

Search for the author’s name

Audio Engineering Society


Searching EBSCO

EBSCO is a collection of databases containing a wide range of articles. Access EBSCO via the library catalogue, which can be reached from the student portal.

How to search

The page will open to the basic search, but you can also choose the advanced search.

Advanced search

Choose from AND, OR, NOT

By default, it will search all databases. Use this to select a specific one, eg. Music Index

These buttons add or remove search boxes You can search in

specific fields, eg.

Subject, title, abstract

Click for search help

You can make your search more specific…

SmartText Searching lets you enter a longer piece of text which the search engine will search for.

This finds words similar to your search terms

Only find results that include the full article

Only find scholarly/peer-

reviewed articles

Search for results within a particular date range

Searches the whole article for your search terms Only search for articles that cite articles available on EBSCO Search in a specific publication

Image Quick View shows images in your search results.

You can limit the type of images show n.

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You can put search limits on a particular database…

ISSN stands for ‘international standard serial number’, it is a unique number that identifies a certain periodical.

Search results

This tells you the type of article

Use Relevance and Page Options to customise the layout of results

Click to print, email or save

Hover to see the full bibliographic record, including abstract

Click to view or download the article

Use the Refine Results bar on the left to narrow down your search results.

Type a different year or move the sliders to change the year

Select the subject and thesaurus terms that fit your topic

Limit results to a particular country

Only see results from a database relevant to your subject

The results bar on the right shows related images and lets you find out more about the companies mentioned in the articles

Click Folder View to open the folder with the items you stored.

Print, email or save

from here.



By subject…

You can browse all the subjects in a particular database. Hover over the Subjects menu at the top of the page and choose the database you want to see.

By publication…

To browse the publications in a particular database, hover over the Publications menu at the top of the page and select a database.

You will be taken to a list of publications. You can then search, or click through the alphabet menu to browse.

Choose a publication to see more detail.

Choose a year to see the issues from that year.

Select an issue to see all

the articles in that issue.


Company information

Use the Company Information option in the menu at the top of the page to search for companies.

Saving Searches

Creating a MyEBSCO profile will allow you to save searches. You can also customise some of your preferences. To create a profile, click Sign In at the top of the page.

To save a search…

Go to Search History.

Click Create a new Account.

Select the search you want to save and click Save Searches/Alerts.

Enter a name and description for your search, select whether you want it saved permanently of for 24 hours, or whether you want to save it as an alert, which means EBSCO will email you when new results are added to the search.

The Folder icon in the menu

will take you to your saved

items. You can also add/edit

folders from here.


Sound on Sound

Sound on Sound is a magazine about recording technologies that includes reviews, opinion pieces, advice on recording, and articles on technique and the music business.

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Click Search and then New Search to access the search page

Choose to search for articles with all of your keywords, or articles with any of your keywords

Use this if you want a certain type of article, eg.

An article on technique

Only retrieve articles that have a PDF

Search by a year or month, or select any year or any month

Choose how you want results displayed

For more search tips read the How to Search section below the search box.

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Sound on Sound

Search results

This display shows only the titles of the articles

Date of publication

Type of article


Click on the Articles menu for a choice of ways to browse.




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