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Materials Engineering: Finding standards

Find standards

  • ASTM – Annual Book of American Society for Testing and Materials Standards
    • ASTM Catalog: search the catalogue to find the volume number in which a standard can be found
    • 2016 print edition of the ASTM standards can be found on the main level (2nd floor) of the Schulich Library, call number: TA 401 A653
  • CGSB – Canadian General Standards Board
    • CGSB Catalogue
    • Schulich Library has older CGSB standards in print on the 5th floor (room 513), call number: TA368 C342
  • CSA Group – CSA is the Canadian Standards Association
  • IEEE Standards – focuses on electrical engineering, software engineering, and technologies; IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • IHS Store – lists standards in its catalogue from all over the world
  • ISO Standards Catalogue – lists standards from the International Organization for Standardization

Locating a specific standard

If there is a specific standard that you need and the library does not own, please contact me. Standards cannot be requested through inter-library loan.

About standards

Standards describe procedures for making, measuring, and testing materials and products, are created by different organizations around the world, and can be as short as one-page long.  The topic of a standard can also be a protocol, a definition, etc.

Standards are developed by a consensus of stakeholders.  Stakeholders are all parties with an interest in making the topic of the standard work.

  • In the case of a product, a football helmet for example, the stakeholders who would be interested in making sure the football helmet is made properly would include:
    • i) the producers of the materials needed to make the football helmet,
    • ii) the companies who make the football helmets and sell them, and
    • iii) the consumers who buy and use the football helmets.

Representatives from all parties have to come together to create and approve a standard before it is accepted for publication.

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