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This guide provides resources and information to assist with Engineering research.

What Are Standards?

Standards are documents created by professional and/or governmental organizations that contain technical definitions, specifications, and guidelines to ensure consistency, safety, and quality of materials, products, processes, and services.

The use of standards is voluntary, but encouraged in order to facilitate interchangeability across companies and support international trade.

Below is a promotional video for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It's a little heavy-handed, but does give a great visual of the application of standards in the products we use every day. 

Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology; Office of Scientific and Technical Information

What Are Codes and Regulations?

Codes and Regulations set mandatory legal requirements. They are implemented by different levels of government and regulatory authorities, such as federal or state agencies and municipalities, and incorporate standards that have been created by that agency or by standards developing organizations. Codes and regulations reference specific standards as the method to meet what is required. Building codes can vary by state, county, or municipality. Some states, such as New York, have adopted international codes.


Selected National and International Standards Organizations

Below is a list of select national and international organizations that create and sell standards.  Although most do not provide free full text, they have catalogs that can be searched to find what standards exist for specific materials, products, processes, and services.

ISO logo  ANSI logo    UL logo

Selected Government Codes & Regulations

Standards at STL

The library has a small collection of standards in reserves. Ask for the standards at the front desk.

The library also has some standards as ebooks.  Check the database Ebook Central (Formerly Ebrary) for standards.​

Example of a standard in Ebook Central (Formerly Ebrary):

Standard example of an Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary) book Available for Online Reading

Free Full Text Standards