Standards are documents which describe methods for manufacturing, measurement, description and testing of materials and products. They cover everything from the simplest screw to the most complex information technology network.
Standards are issued by companies or other organizations both national and international. They are subject to frequent revision. By applying standards, products and services become consistent, compatible, safe and effective. An example of an influential set of standards is the ISO 14000 series of environmental management standards.
You can search the ASTM website in order to determine in which volume a specific standard is located.
The ANSI Incorporated by Reference (IBR) Portal provides access to standards that have been incorporated into the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. It consists of select ISO, IEC and other standards. Individuals need to register and the standards are read/view only.
For other standards try searching the McGill catalogue with the standard title, number (examples: 'ISO 10303', 'ISO/DIS 14001'), or issuing body. There are many books about specific standards in the collection but few actual standards.
The IHS Standards Store indexes standards from many organizations including the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ASTM International, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), IEEE, the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), and others.
Standards cannot be ordered through interlibrary loan. You may wish to check other local libraries:
If you wish to purchase a standard:
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