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Engineering Standards: Finding Standard Names

This guide provides information on engineering standards as well as resources to access standards in print and online.

Using This Page

The purpose of this page is to assist you in finding the names of standards relevant to your topic. Please note that the resources listed below either do not provide full-text standards or have a pay wall—they are to be used for searching for names or the existence of standards, and the next tab in this guide, "Finding Standards," will help you to find particular standards. Do not pay for any standards before checking to see if the library has access to them online or in print.

Resources to Discover Standard Names

Tips to Improve Search Results

  1. When searching, consider using synonyms or similar terms (e.g., "life jacket," "life preserver," and "personal flotation device"). The more terms you try, the more likely you are to find what you are looking for.
  2. Use quotation marks to search terms as a phrase, rather than searching for independent keywords (e.g., "life jacket" rather than life jacket).
  3. If you are having trouble focusing your search, it could be helpful to identify the standards issuing body that creates standards for your area of interest. For example, if your topic is automotive-related, you may want to focus on SAE standards.