This page has several links to resources that will help you find standards. It also includes basic instruction on how to search. Additional helpful background, including useful fields to search, is found the tab entitled Standards 101.
Search across multiple standards organizations
The following search engines will help you identify which standards are relevant to your project. Most direct you to a webstore for purchasing; students and faculty desiring free access should see the specific standards organization links below, or should go to the Access tab.
Search a specific standards organization
The following search engines help you find standards that are specific to a single standards organization and, in some cases, its affiliates. BYU purchases a subscription to some of these, and in those cases, standards are available free of charge to students and faculty. These search engines generally have a filter that allows you to see only what you have free access to.
Search for Individually Purchased Standards in Library
BYU has purchased hard or soft copies of various standards and codes. These can be found by searching for their title or alphanumeric designation from the Library Webpage. Some of these standards are highlighted below:
Standards are created to control many aspects of products and processes but do not typically address every aspect. Thus, when considering what aspects may be relevant to search for, consider general product classes but also look at key attributes, particularly those related to a need for
When searching for standards you can use techniques similar to those used when searching for scholarly works. Specifically, you can search for:
Most standards search engines behave differently than Google, but can be much more efficient than Google in finding standards. When you type in search words, Google will attempt to guess what will be of most interest to you based on your location, search history, etc. Standards search engines will be more rigid in their internal search rules. For example, the ANSI search engine (webstore.ansi.org) treats dashes, forward slashes, etc, as literal search characters, where Google ignores such characters. Also, variations in spelling (such as "tyre" vs "tire") are not generally accommodated in these search engines, where Google will attempt to capture these different forms. Thus, effective searching for standards may require using different search strategies.
When searching for standards in a particular subject area (not a known item), a recommended strategy is as follows:
Note that standards are often classified according to multiple classification codes.
Once a relevant standard is identified it is particularly effective to:
If this feels like familiar territory, you are right! These are very similar to the strategies used for searching scholarly works.