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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering that encompasses the generation and application of heat and mechanical power and the design, production, and use of machines and tools.

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Finding standards and codes can be challenging.  Here you will learn how to find what collections we have in our library, how to track down free resources on the web, and how to request through Interlibrary Loan.  

What Is A Standard?

From OMB Circular A-119: "The term "standard," or "technical standard" includes all of the following:

* Common and repeated use of rules, conditions, guidelines or characteristics for products or related processes and production methods, and related management systems practices.

* The definition of terms; classification of components; delineation of procedures; specification of dimensions, materials, performance, designs, or operations; measurement of quality and quantity in describing materials, processes, products, systems, services, or practices; test methods and sampling procedures; or descriptions of fit and measurements of size or strength."

Search For Standards and Codes

The library subscribes to many standards and codes through a few of our databases listed here.  We also may have some cataloged in our Primo Discovery System. 

If we don't have the standards or codes you need, check these resources for possible free access or to find full title and standard number to order through Interlibrary Loan.  

ANSI IBR Standards Portal
"...access to standards that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These standards incorporated by the U.S. government in rulemakings are offered at no cost in “read only” format and are presented for online reading. There are no print or download options."

ASTM Reading Room
"This is a service where you can view and read ASTM safety standards incorporated in United States regulations. The standards are presented for online reading. There are no print or download options. To acquire the current version of the standards with print and download options, follow the hyperlink to the current version."

ISO Standards
Search the International Organization for Standardization standards catalogue.

NFPA Standards
Free access to NFPA Standards with an account.  Catalog list also available for ordering.  

Standards Developing Organizations
A comprehensive list from ANSI. The list includes international organizations. You can generally search on the organizations' websites.

A commercial source for standards. 

UL Standards
Free access to UL Standards with an account.  Catalog list also available for ordering.  

Requesting Standards or Codes for the Library Collection

If you need a standard/code that we do not have access to or cannot be requested by Interlibrary Loan, it may be possible to purchase for the library collection.  Please contact Kari Mofford.

Health Sciences and Engineering Librarian

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