What are standards?
Standards are guidelines or rules pertaining to:
These guidelines or rules set expectations regarding uniformity, reliability, safety, and so forth. Michigan Tech's Van Pelt and Opie Library provides this guidance:
Adherence to some standards is required by law, others are voluntary. Standards:
These are SEARCH ONLY portals, meaning you can come here to search for standards from a specific standard-issuing organization or you can do a keyword search using your topic of interest to find a) relevant standards and/or b) identify which standard-issuing bodies are relevant to your topic.
Standards in the library have been tagged with a subject of Standards, Engineering. You can search for these titles by clicking on the link below, which will take you to a list of titles with this subject tag. We are still working on tagging older standards with this subject so there are a few that are not yet included in this search. If you already have a specific title in mind and what to check to see if we have it, please use a title or keyword search to check. Any questions or problems with searching? Ask me!
Examples of standards held in the library include:
ASME Y14.5-2009: Dimensioning and Tolerancing (also available from the library)
ASME Y14.41-2012: Digital Product Definition Data Practices
ASME Y14.100-2013: Engineering Drawing Practices (also available from the library)
IPC-A-610: Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies (Revision F)
If you've found a standard of interest but it does not come with full text, contact me, Krista Schmidt. Standards can be very tricky to locate and some you find may be superseded by a newer standard. DO NOT PAY for a standard. I will work with you to see if the library can obtain the standard for you (this will take time) or if another standard will suffice. We can also try to obtain the standard using interlibrary loan (a free service to you).
To request the full text of a standard using interlibrary loan, what do I need?
A final note, use the Book request category in interlibrary loan to request the standard.
ANSI = American National Standards Institute
ASA = Acoustical Society of America
ASME = American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASTM = American Society for Testing & Materials
DoD = Department of Defense
IEEE = Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISO = International Organization for Standardization
OSHA = Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PMI = Project Management Institute
UL = Underwriters Laboratories
https://libguides.lib.mtu.edu/standards Michigan Tech Van Pelt and Opie Library
https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/standards Penn State University Libraries