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Standards Resources: Basic Information

This is a basic subject guide to standards series that are paid by subscriptions, individual purchase, or free.

Searching for Specific Standards

Frequently used standards databases at Purdue University:

More resources:

Not sure which standard(s) you need?

Step 1: Use the following free resources to identify standards of interest:

Tip to improve your results:

  • Consider synonyms - e.g. "life jacket" could be referred to as a "life preserver" or "personal flotation device" 
  • Focus your search by first identifying a Standards Issuing Body that is likely to create standards for your area of interest (e.g. Search for ASTM standards if you are looking for "testing" standards, search SAE standards if your topic has automotive or aerospace applications, etc). 
  • Use parentheses to search key terms as a phrase, rather than independent keywords (e.g. "life preserver" instead of life preserver)

Step 2: Use the resources in the "Searching for a Specific Standard" box above to search for the full text of your standard(s)   

Subject Guide

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Information Assistance

If you need assistance determining whether the library has access to a specific standard, please call the Libraries' Information Desk at 494-2873. You may also use the Libraries' Ask-A-Librarian service.

Specific standards not owned by Purdue may be requested via the Engineering Library's Purchase Request