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MBSTL Science & Technology - Standards & Specifications: Home

Research guide to standards and specifications resources for the people of Maine.


Searching for Standards on the Web

What are Standards?

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

Standards/Specifications Organizations

Maine Information

Other Countries


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