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Standards and Specifications: Finding and Obtaining Standards



World Standards Week 2021 runs October 25-29. 

The IEEE is hosting a series of Virtual Events from April 28 - June 14, 2021 about Standards please see the following line up so that you can register:

  • AI Standards: Ethical Considerations and Best Practices When Implementing AI in Your Organization - April 28, 12pm ET
  • IEEE Tech Talk: The Importance of Standards - May 27, 9am ET
  • IEEE Tech Talk: Academic Research in International Standardization Innovation at Work - June 14, 9am ET

Earlier webinars available to be viewed without any registration include:

Welcome to learning more about standards and how to find them at UCI.  This powerpoint presentation will explain some backgound about standards and what is available at UCI.

Finding Guides & Searching for Standards

Alphabetical List of Standards by Organization

  • ACI Manual of Concrete Practice: Most-current manual is in print  at the Science Library Reference collection TA 439 A358
  • American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Standards - makes sure you are in the Dashboard with UCI banner across the top . 
  • (U.S.) Department of Defense Military Standards and Specifications: (online; contains many free military and Dept. of Defense standards and handbooks) or ASSIST Quicksearch (online)
  • IEEE Standards: All IEEE standards (except for “draft” standards) are accessible via IEEE Xplore.
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO): International Organization for Standardization  ISO standards are generally only available for individual purchase. The library may be willing to purchase such standards as a normal materials request. However, ISO standards are licensed and watermarked to the purchaser. Contact the Engineering librarian to inquire. Also check above under ANSI.
  • National Fire Protection Association: NFPA (all are free to view online but can only be downloaded or printed with individual purchase).
  • National Information Standards Organization:  NISO
  • National Electrical Code: 2017 Edition of Code and National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) 2017 edition
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Standard Physical Reference Data Page (SI standard units, conversion factors, universal constants): NIST Physical Reference Data Page.
  • National Resource for Global Standards (National Standards Systems Network): NSSN - Search Engine for Standards
  • SAE Standards (SAE Ground Vehicle, Aerospace, & Aerospace Material Specifications): Available via SAE Mobilus - Standards
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME): Part of the Knovel digital library
  • Uniform Building Code (1997 superseded by International Building Code): Science Library TH223 .I5 1997 is latest edition.  Later online editions restricted to UCI Law School affiliates only. 

Standards Available at UCI

General Indexes/Sources for U.S. Government & Military Standards

* restricted to UCI community

U.S. Government Standards Programs (Non-Regulatory)

International Standards

Commercial Sources

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971


Specific Campus Needs for Standards

All faculty, researchers and graduate students who need specific standards not available through local licensed and available channels should contact Julia Gelfand ( with specific need and provision will be made to acquire individual standard either by Inter Library Loan if available or by direct purchase from Document Supply source.  Please make sure that you have the exact issuing body, title and order number.  Standard will usually be issued as PDF and due to DRM & copyright provisions can't be shared or distributed beyond requestor.