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Subject Librarian:

Elisandro Cabada

Standards serve as a common language for engineers, designers and manufacturers, providing invaluable information to define quality and safety criteria; outline test methods and performance requirements; and provide rules and guidelines for products, processes and services.

The following page outlines sources for identifying and locating specific standards both online and at the library. For a detailed list of our standards as well as others held locally, please see our list of locally held standards collections

General Reference Sources


Standards from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

Standards from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Offices.

Standards from the American Concrete Institute.

Standards, engineering practices and data adopted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

ASCE Standards

The Science & Engineering Library has partial holdings of ASCE Standards. To find an ASCE Standard, look up the standard by its title in MNCat Discovery .

Standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Standards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Produced by the American Society for Testing and Materials, this resource provides instant access to the current digital edition of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Please note that if you are looking for older or inactive standards, the Science & Engineering Library has the Annual Book of ASTM Standards in print from 1975 to 2006.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Search the Federal Information Processing Standards Publications sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Standards published by the International Electrotechnical Commission. There are several publicly available ISO/IEC standards at the above link. Otherwise, the Science and Engineering Library has a limited print collection of IEC Standards, with partial coverage from 1961-1997.

Full-text access to the transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Includes all current Institute of Electrical Engineers Standards.
Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty

International standards produced by the International Organization of Standardization.

Be sure to check the ISO handbooks (TA368.I8) to see if your standard is included in one the handbook volumes.

Standards produced by the International Telecommunication Union--Telecommunication Standardization Sector.

Provides a comprehensive and easy to use resource for current Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and compliance-related information.

To search for SAE Standards, visit the SAE Standards Development Site. The Science & Engineering carries SAE J Standards (Ground Vehicle Standards) in the SAE Handbook, located on CD in Reference Room 206.

Internet Resources

Search Engines

Sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration.

Database from the American National Standards Institute of over 100,000 standards sponsored by 600+ developers.

Techstreet offers information on over 300,000 standards and codes from over 350 publishers.

Web Sites

Use this site to search for equivalent ISO/ASTM Standards relevant to plastics.

Library Information

Science and Engineering Library

Walter Library
East Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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