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"A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes  and  services are fit for their purpose." - International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Finding Standards at Harvard: Online Access

  • ASTM Compass - ASTM Digital Library covers a broad range of engineering disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.
  • IEEE Xplore - Provides full-text access to IEEE published standards
  • MADCAD  - online access to full-text standards from ASTM, ASHRAE, IES, ICC, and USGBC LEED Reference Guides, as well as the text and CAD files for the Wiley graphic and design standards.
  • For all other standards try searching the Library Catalog
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Military and Federal Agencies​​

  • National Information Standards Organization (NISO) - a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Incorporated by Reference (IBR) Portal  - provides a one-stop mechanism for access to standards that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These standards incorporated by the U.S. government in rulemakings are offered at no cost in “read only” format and are presented for online reading. There are no print or download options.
  • NASA Technical Standards Program
  • ASSIST-Quick Search - search for defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks, and more.
  • Department of Energy Technical Standards Program - The DOE Technical Standards Program (TSP) promotes the use of voluntary consensus standards, manages and facilitates efforts to develop and maintain necessary technical standards, and communicates information on TSP activities.  
  • W3C - develops technical specifications and guidelines through a process designed to maximize consensus about the content of a technical report, to ensure high technical and editorial quality, and to earn endorsement by W3C and the broader community.

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