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Standards Resources: Basic Information

This is a basic subject guide to standards resources that are paid by subscriptions, individual purchase, or freely available.

Databases for Identifying Standards

What standard(s) are you looking for?


                        Are you searching for specific standard(s)?                                                     Not sure what standard(s) you need?


                   ASTM Compass has ASTM standards, click to access the database.SAE Mobilus, formerly SAE Digital Library, has SAE standards, click to access the database.IEEE Xplore has IEEE standards, click to access the database.                                                             NSSN is an ANSI Search Engine for standards, click to access the database.IHS Standards Store, search by keywords, phrases, synonyms, issuing bodies, etc.

                  IHS Engineering Workbench Bubble ButtonASCE Research Library has ASCE standards, click to access the database. TechStreet Enterprise Bubble Button                      


                             Need standards not listed above?

Major Standards Issuing Bodies, click to be access information tab.Purdue Print Standards Database, click to access database.Request a Purchase, click to access.

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 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 Library of Engineering & Science Reference Desk at (765) 494-0831. You may also use the Libraries' Ask-A-Librarian service.

Specific standards not owned by Purdue may be requested via the Library of Engineering & Science Purchase Request