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Standards and Specifications: Introduction

Standards at UB

The University at Buffalo Libraries have a selected collection of standards and specifications. Some are in print while others are accessible online.  This guide lists and describes the standards that are available to the UB community and explains where they are located. For online standards, links are provided. Use the tabs above to find U.S. and international standards here at UB.

Also please note that the downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECPL) and Erie Community College (ECC) North in Williamsville also have standards collections. For more information, call the BECPL Information Desk at 858-8900 or the ECC North Campus Library at 851-1273.

Please contact us first to see if we might have the standard you need here at UB or if it might be possible for us to secure a copy via InterLibrary Loan. If not, another option for you may be to directly purchase the item.  The final tab, labeled "Buying Standards," provides further information on how you can purchase a standard you need.

What Are Standards, and What Information Do You Need to Locate Them?

Standards are detailed instructions that explain how something is to be manufactured, managed, designed, or otherwise handled. Standards are usually written by an authoritative body, such as a professional organization, government agency, or manufacturer. The Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), for example, publishes electronic and electrical engineering-related standards.

To locate a standard, you should (ideally) know the following:

  • Acronym and name of the publishing organization
  • Standard number
  • Title of the standard
  • Date of the standard
  • Subject of the standard

To identify a standard on a particular topic (e.g., seat belts) or to verify a standard's date or number, use the following publicly accessible database:

  • ANSI WebStore
    Search for ANSI, ASTM, ISO, IEC, and other standards publishers by keyword or document number. Be sure to re-set the search box to "KEYWORD" if searching that way. This will provide you with the acronym and name of the publishing organization (as well as a standard number and the title of the standard).

Other specialized indexes exist for military standards, federal standards, foreign national standards, etc. These indexes are identified and cited in the respective sections accessible through the tabs above. Links are provided to the web version of an index where one is available.

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Erin Rowley
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University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

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