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Standards Available in Full Text
The following are full-text standards databases available through UW Libraries.
ASABE Technical StandardsStandards developed by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
ASTM CompassASTM standards along with access to all ASTM publications.
IEEE XploreAll IEEE standards. Use the "Advanced Search" to limit to standards.
For UW staff and students, UW Libraries can purchase and make available specific standards on Techstreet Enterprise upon request. Please submit requests via the standards request form. Techstreet Enterprise is an online standards store that offers standards from leading publishers of industry standards including ASME, ISO, ANSI, ASCE, ASME and many more, and can be used to locate and preview standards before submitting your request.
The following are examples of freely-available, full-text standards online.
Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Accessibility StandardsBuildings and facilities must be accessible to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act. Accessibility standards issued under these laws govern the design, construction, and alteration of many types of buildings and sites in the private and public sectors.
ASSIST Quick SearchOfficial source for specifications and standards used by the U.S. Department of Defense.
EverySpecMilitary and other federal standards.
ITU-TAll International Telecommunication Union recommendations.
NASA StandardsNASA-developed standards by standard number.
National Fire Protection AgencyInformation and Knowledge on Fire, Electrical and Related Hazards
Standards Stores and Search Engines
Use these resources to locate standard titles, numbers, and descriptions across multiple organizations. Use this information to continue your search and, if necessary, place a standard purchase request.
ANSI WebStoreAbstracts only. The American National Standards Institute WebStore contains standards-related information from a wide range of developers, government agencies and international organizations.
SAE MobilusCitations and abstracts of SAE International standards.
What is a standard?
"A prescribed set of rules, conditions, or requirements concerning definitions of terms; classification of components; specification of materials, performance, or operations; delineation of procedures; or measurement of quantity and quality in describing materials, products, systems , services or practices." - National Policy on Standards for the United States and a Recommended Implementation Plan, National Standards Policy Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C. Dec. 1978, p.6.
Please watch the following video from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for more information:
Why search standards?
Searching standards during design can help you to:
- Identify design constraints from best practices established by experts in the industry
- Comply with laws that specify design and testing criteria
- Reduce your product liability risk by not complying with best practices and/or laws
- Budget for certification testing that may be required or can improve your market position.
Standards may be available in print or available online.
The following video provides techniques for finding standards using websites of government agencies, standards organization, standard stores, and competitors.
The following video demonstrates how to access full-text standards from federal agencies and databases (including ASTM) and how to locate print standards.
Other Campus Standards Resources
Schwerdtfeger Library Standards DatabaseAn index to print standards in the UW-Madison Schwerdtfeger Library, including NASA and other aerospace standards.
TAPPI StandardsThe Forest Products Laboratory on the UW Madison campus holds TAPPI standards on CD-ROM. Make requests to: email@example.com
International Standards Organizations
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)ISO is a developer and publisher of international standards, working with a network of national standards institutes from over a 150 countries.
UW Libraries have a selective collection of ISO standards in paper.
ITU (International Telecommunication Union)Free Access for all to ITU-T recommendations
IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)This organization describes itself as "the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies."