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Engineering: Find / Order Standards

Use this guide for general research related to classes in the Engineering Department

Request a Standard

Request a Standard for Purchase

If we do not currently own a particular standard, please ask!  Standards needed for research, Collaboratory, or coursework can be requested by asking your librarian.

Make a Request:

  • Specify the name and number of each needed standard.
  • Email Librarian Sarah Myers,

All about Standards

What is a standard?

A standard is defined by the National Standards Policy Advisory Committee as:

"A prescribed set of rules, conditions, or requirements concerning definitions of terms; classification of components; specification of materials, performance, or operations; delineation of procedures; or measurement of quantity and quality in describing materials, products, systems, services, or practices."

What is a standard?  from ISO.


For detailed & historical information on standards in the United States see:

In general, full-text standards are not available free on the Web. The following links provide information on standards, as well as searchable indexes.

ANSI - American National Standards Institute
This is the coordinating body for standards in the U.S.
Codes and Standards
Sponsored by ASME, this site offers information on ME related standards.
A commercial provider of industry standards.
IEEE standards info
Info about IEEE standards, the IEEE standards process, and the status of IEEE standards.
A commercial provider of industry standards.
ISO - International Standardization Organization
Information about ISO, as well as a searchable catalog.
ITU - International Telecommunication Union
List of standards currently in force, as well as forthcoming recommendations.
National Institute of standards and Technology (NIST)
Affiliated with the U.S. Department of Commerce, primarily concerned with measurement standards.
NISO - National Information standards Organization
Provides standards about information retrieval, metatdata, etc. in free PDF format online!
‚ÄčOnline standards documentation
A compiled list of various online standards resources.
OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
A searchable resource of OSHA related standards and regulations.
Commercial standards supplier.
UL standards - Underwriters Laboratories
UL standards adopted by the American National standards Institute. Individual standards are listed under Underwriters' Laboratories as a corporate author. Select standards of safety are also available.
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
W3C contributes to efforts to standardize Web technologies by producing specifications (called "recommendations") that describe the building blocks of the Web, such as HTML and XML.



Identify standards you need using these free databases: