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Engineering: a guide to library resources: Standards & Specs

Standards Available Online

Introduction to Standards & Specs

Engineers will often need to locate standards or specifications in the course of their work. A standard is "a document established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context "(definition from the ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004).

Standards may be developed by a variety of groups, such as government agencies, technical or trade associations, professional societies or associations, or international or national organizations.


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