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Technical Standards: Citing Standards

Last Updated: May 15, 2023 12:03 PM

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Citing Standards

If you are using a standard in your paper, presentation, scholarly publishing, etc., it needs to be cited, just like a book or article. There is no specific style manual for standards; instead, the style depends on the discipline or journal (or whatever citation style your professor states is required for an assignment). Complete references for a standard should include the title, document number, publication date, and the publisher. 

Guidelines are included below for citing standards in several popular citation style formats. When in doubt, always consult your Professor for which style they prefer for the assignment.

NOTE: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends using the Chicago Manual of Style for citations. 

If you use EndNote to manage your citations, you can create new References within your EndNote Library for standards. Simply create a New Reference, then change the Reference Type to "Standard."

Basic Information to Include When Citing Standards

Make sure you provide enough information so that anyone interested in further information can track down the original document. 

  • Issuing Agency (or publication name)
  • Standard Number
  • Standard title
  • Publication Date
  • Specific Version
    • Standards can be reprinted, altered/reissued by a number of different standard organizations, withdrawn, etc.

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