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Searching for Standards on the Web
Tips on Searching for Standards
National Institute of Standards and Technology
ASSIST Quick Search
Searches the ASSIST database of Department of Defense specifications and standards
IHS Standards Store
Retail outlet for standards and specifications
A commercial website that has a comprehensive, searchable listing of technical standards. It is useful for identifying the most current version of a standard and all superseded versions.
What Are They?
What are standards & specifications?
Codified guidelines that define how processes are to be performed or measured, or how products are to be designed
Usually written by businesses, industrial organizations, and government bodies
Serve to increase product quality and safety, and allow for interchangeability of parts
What are some examples of standards & specifications?
Government-mandated specifications for how mattress flammability tests are performed
Voluntary guidelines on ventilation for acceptable indoor air quality
Voluntary specifications for the width and spacing of steps in staircases
How do I get copies?
Standards and specifications are generally sold, not loaned through libraries
Fogler Library does have some standards; contact us to check what we have available here
Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
Reference Desk: (207) 581-1673
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