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Technical Standards: Resources for Locating Standards
A large collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information from the American Society for Testing and Materials, covering a broad range of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, and solar engineering.
In addition to many journal articles and other publications, this database includes the active standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers . These are relevant to many disciplines including computer science, electronics, sensors, energy, communications, nanotechnology and information technology.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Incorporated by Reference (IBR) Portal provides a one-stop mechanism for access to standards that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
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 It is useful for identifying the most current version of a standard and all superseded versions.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 standards?
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?
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
More Standards at Fogler Library
Some standards owned by Fogler Library can be searched by the title or standard number in URSUS, our catalog. However, we do have some standards that are not cataloged, so please contact me if you cannot find a specific standard.
If we don't have access to the standard you need, our Interlibrary Loan Department works with other libraries to obtain materials we can't access directly. The ILLiad system includes a form for requesting standards. It is important to provide as much information about the standard as you can identify, including the title, the number, the year of adoption and the publishing organization.
If Interlibrary Loan is unable to obtain the standard you need, talk to your faculty member and ask them to place an order request to Heather Perrone. Because of the high cost of acquiring technical standards, and the strict copyright and licensing restrictions, Fogler will only order them at the request of faculty members.