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Engineering: A Guide to Resources

This guide will help connect the researcher to a wide variety of engineering resources, including books, journal literature, reference material, and standards.

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library

IEEE Xplore

ANSI Standards (COVID-19 limited time access)

American National Standards Institute is providing free access to key international standards supporting biological evaluation of medical devices; protective clothing used in health care settings; and business continuity management, security, and resilience.  Users must create an account to receive access.

What is a standard?

"A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose."  ISO,

BSI builds on this definition, noting: "Standards are designed for voluntary use and do not impose any regulations. However, laws and regulations may refer to certain Standards making compliance with them compulsory."

University Libraries provides access to thousands of standards from several of issuing agencies, including ASTM, ISO, ANSI, AASHTO, AASHRAE, ASME, and SAE.  While ASTM and IEEE standards are often available online (see sections, below) most of our standards from other agencies are print only.  These print standards are not always indexed by OU Libraries' local search product, Discover Local, so please Ask Us for assistance, or contact/visit the Engineering Branch Library.