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Standards Resources  

This is a basic subject guide to standards series that are paid by subscriptions, individual purchase, or free.
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is a standard?

A standard is "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.)


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



Meet your librarian

Your subject librarian is Charlotte Erdmann. Contact her with any questions or requests

Phone: (765) 494-2872
FAX: (765) 496-3572


Welcome to Purdue University Libraries' Standards Collection

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. Most print standards are located in the Engineering Library.

Many national and international standards are purchased as needed, catalogued individually, and shelved in our Standards Collection by Call Number.

Purdue's Standards Collections

The Engineering Library has historically subscribed to many new and revised print  standards approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) as well as several other standards organizations which are listed with "Major Series." Some are in print and some are online full-text. 

A searchable catalog of available print standards is contained in the Purdue University Standards Database

Click on "Purdue Collections" for information about how the standards are shelved.



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