Standards, Specifications, Protocols, Methods, and Codes

A non-comprehensive source for industry standards, standard methods, specifications and codes.

A note of caution!

Standards are often issued by multiple groups.  This means you may have to look at multiple resources to find the standard you need. For example:  ANSI/IEEE standards are purchased through IEEExplore.

If we don't own a standard in paper or online,  you may request a copy through ILL.  Generally the Engineering Librarian will get involved in determining the best method to fill a request for a standard that costs more than $100.

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AASHTO (American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials) is responsible for important standards related to transportation including the Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing. More information about accessing electronic versions of AASHTO standards as well as what the library purchases in paper can be found on the AASHTO page of this LibGuide.

ASCE Standards are part of the American Society for Civil Engineers Library.
ASABE standards are available in full text.  Search for them by standard number or title.
The ASTM  (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials)  has a Digital Library that incudes all of their Standards and Engineering document.  Every publication of ASTM including STP, journals, standards, and conference proceedings are available full test through this resource.
AWWA (American Water Works Association) is responsible for important standards related to water worksMore information about accessing electronic versions of AWWA standards as well as what the library purchases in paper can be found on the AWWA page of this LibGuide
The University of Arkansas Libraries provide access to the CURRENT IEEE standards.  Some of these standards are co-published with ANSI, ACM, and ASTM (among others).  Search the database linked below for full text access.

ISO are purchased selectivity as needed for classes and research.  They are added to the paper collection in Mullins Library and may be checked out.   Individual standards can be found by searching the Library Catalog using the standard number.  More details about available ISO standards can be found at ISO Standards.

If you need an ISO standard we do now own you may request it through ILL or contact the Engineering Librarian for additional assistance. ISO standards are expensive, so it is helpful if you interact with the Engineering Librarian to determine if an alternative resource might provide the information you need.

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ACI Standards

AOAC International Standards

ANSI and IEC Standards

ANSI, IEC and ISO items are purchased selectivity as needed for classes and research.  They are added to the paper collection in Mullins Library and may be checked out.   Individual standards can be found by searching the Library Catalog using the standard number. 

If you need an ANSI standard we do not own you may request it through ILL or contact the Engineering Librarian for additional assistance. ANSI standards are expensive, so it is helpful if you interact with the Engineering Librarian to determine if an alternative resource might provide the information you need.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is one of the official representative to the ISO and other international standard organizations.  As ANSI works with other U.S. and international bodies, it often co-publishes standards.  Access may be available.  For example:  ANSI/IEEE standards are purchased through IEEExplore.

ASABE Standards

ASABE standards are available in full text.  Search for them by standard number or title.

ASHRAE Standards

"ASHRAE develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with refrigeration processes and the design and maintenance of indoor environments."

Linked below are some freely available standards from ASHRAE. They may not be the most current version.

ASME Standards

We purchase ASME standards through ILL when requested.  If you feel you need an ASME standard, you want want to contact the Engineering Librarian (information provide in the profile box) to determine if the information you need can be found elsewhere.

IBC (International Building Code)

"Open Access" Standards

Some standards organizations are choosing to post some standards online with open access. Most require registration. Most are only a subset of standards available from that organization. Many require special software and "fix" the standard to the station where it is downloaded. Reading online only and limited printing options may also make it difficult to have a personal copy.

The information provided below is intended to assist you in locating possible sources for standards. You may still request standards through Interlibrary Loan if the version provided does not suit your particular situation.

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