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This 10-CD set contains the complete contents of each volume--literally from cover to cover--including fully-featured searching of abstracts, titles, authors, years and CD numbers of the collection index using Boolean criteria. Printouts of articles are remarkably clear.

The CDs can be used on a variety of platforms such as Win95, Win98, WinNT, Win2000, MacOS88/ppc, Linux/x86, and others. Detailed instructions and Help files are included. Help desk support is available daily via an 800-phone number or by email.

Richard Stern, JASA Associate Editor for Electronic Archives and References, served as Editor of this project. CDs were produced by Root Technologies, Inc.


Getting Started
    Installing the CD Collection
    Viewing the CD Collection
    Sample Issues
    Contact Information

Getting Started

To view The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America CD collection, you must use your Web browser and the DjVu plug-in1. This section provides instructions for installing the DjVu plug-in and general instructions on using the CDs included in this collection.


The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America CD collection, using DjVu, can be viewed on many platforms, including Win95, Win98, WinNT, Win2000, MacOS8/ppc, Linux/x86, Solaris2.x, Irix6.x and HPUX. We recommend Netscape Navigator (4.0 or above) or Microsoft Internet Explorer (5.0 or above). Java must be enabled to use the search feature.

The recommended configuration for viewing DjVu images is:


To view the articles in the collection, you must install the DjVu plug-in. You can download the plug-in directly from the DjVu website at, or, if you are running MS Windows 2000/9x/NT, from CD 1. Even if you are running Windows, we recommend downloading the plug-in from the website to ensure that you are using the most current version.

To install the Windows DjVu plug-in from the CD, do the following:

  1. Using windows explorer, navigate to view the contents of your CD-ROM drive.
  2. Open the djvu_plugin directory.
  3. Open the DjVu Self-Extracting Installer.
  4. Click Set-up.
  5. Follow the directions provided in the Set-up program.

Note: You will be asked to close your browser while installing this plug-in. You can open it again after your installation is complete.

Installing the CD Collection

The JASA Collection is a set of 10 CDs. The collection can be used in one of three ways; partial hard drive installation, full hard drive installation, or CD-only.
Partial Hard Drive Installation
This mode is recommended for most users. In this mode, all files except the DjVu image files are installed on the hard drive. Unlike full hard drive installation, articles are accessed from CDs and you will need to swap CDs as you browse from one set of volumes to another. However, hard drive access to the HTML files and search database provides fast navigation and smooth transitions viewing articles across different CDs.

On most systems, this requires 14.2 MB of disk space2 (however, if you are using Windows 95 the actual amount may be 40MB or more depending on the cluster size).

The required files are located on CD 1 in the directory install/hd_partial/JASA_1929-1996. Copy the JASA_1929-1996 directory and all files and subdirectories to your hard drive3. Next, using your web browser, click on File -> Open Page -> Choose File (these names may vary with browser type and version). Navigate to the location where you installed the directory, then double-click on StartJASA.html.

Full Hard Drive Installation
Full hard drive installation allows the fastest access to the articles in the collection and eliminates the need to change CDs. You will be copying all of the page images onto your hard drive, requiring approximately 6.25 Gigabytes of hard drive space. Do not use this option if you are running Windows 95 with the FAT16 file system.

To perform this type of installation, use the following steps.

  1. Locate the install/hd_full/JASA_1929-1996 directory on CD 1.
  2. Copy the JASA_1929-1996 directory and all files and subdirectories to your hard drive3.
  3. Also from CD 1, copy the artsearch directory to the hard drive directly under the JASA_1929-1996 directory.
  4. From each CD, copy the directory within the root directory whose name corresponds to the CD, i.e. from CD 1 copy the cd01 directory, from CD 2 copy the cd02 directory. Copy them directly under the JASA_1929-1996 directory.
  5. Using your web browser, click on File -> Open Page -> Choose File (these names may vary with browser type and version). Navigate to the location where you installed the directory, then double-click on StartJASA.html.
CD-only Mode
Using this mode, you view the Collection entirely from the CDs. Each JASA CD contains several volumes of the Journal as well as the search database for the entire archive. You can view the CDs in any order and you can search for articles from any CD. But, you may only view articles contained in the volumes on the current CD. If a search returns an article on another CD, you must change CD's to view the article, and depending on the browser, you may have to repeat the search.

Viewing the CD Collection

To navigate to an article, select a volume by clicking on the volume number. Then, select an issue. The table of contents for that issue will appear on the right of your screen. You can then select the article you would like to view. (Remember to change CDs, if necessary.) Once you select a full article, you can page through it using the DjVu controls. To return to the table of contents for the selected issue use the Contents link found on the top right of your screen. To return to the home page of the current CD use the Home link found on the left side of your screen above the list of volumes.


The JASA search feature searches the abstract, title, author, year and CD number of the collection index. Searches can be broad or specific, depending on the search criteria selections you make.

Contact Information

If you need further assistance, please contact the CD-ROM Help-Desk:

Telephone(800) 625-6579
 (617) 746-2965
Fax(617) 783-0430


7 AM - 1 AM    Monday - Friday
8 AM - 8 PM    Saturday - Sunday

1 DjVu (pronounced "déjà vu") is an image compression technology developed by AT&T Labs. This technology was chosen to provide high-resolution journal pages. The free DjVu plug-in, together with an Internet Browser, allows you to display and navigate through the CD collection easily and conveniently. AT&T has licensed LizardTech ( to commercialize the DjVu product.

2 The actual amount of disk space used may differ due to the differences in file management used by various file systems.

3 If you are using Windows, use Windows Explorer to drag and drop this entire directory to your hard drive. On UNIX based systems you may use the cp(1) command with the -r option to copy the directory structure from the CD to your hard drive.

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