A standard is a "rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality" which is "set up and established by authority."
(Based on Webster's Third New International Dictionary: the English Language Unabridged. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc. Publishers, 1993.)
If you need help determining whether the Purdue Libraries provide access to a specific standard, please call the Engineering Library's Information Desk at 494-2873. You may also use the Libraries' Ask A Librarian service.
Standards not owned by Purdue may be requested via the Engineering Library's Purchase Request
Purdue University Libraries provides standards from a variety of organizations in print and online formats. These collections and services are provided by serial subscriptions, special funding, and one-time purchases.
Many national and international standards are purchased in print format as needed, catalogued individually, and shelved in the Engineering Library's Standards Collection.
Two databases are useful for identifying all kinds of standards.
ASTM, AASHTO, ASHRAE, ASME, ASME BPVC, ICC, ICAO, and NFPA
Type terms in Search box on upper left hand side:
- Document Number or Organization
- Keyword(s) or Text
Purdue has no subscriptions through NSSN
The Engineering Library has historically subscribed to thousands of individual print standards approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).
Staff at the library also purchase print standards in order to meet user needs. Please use the Purchase Request form in the Information Assistance Box.
The library also provides access to standards from several standards organizations by subscription or free access. The "Major Standards Issuing Bodies" tab outlines those organizations. Some are in print and some are online full-text.
We also suggest reviewing the tabs for
ANSI Incorporated by Reference IBR Standards Portal is hosted by ANSI and contains read only access to Standards Incorporated by Reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. No Purdue subscriptions are involved.