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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. A standard ensures that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.

ASTM Standards (ASTM Compass)

ASTM Compass - International Standards & Digital Library includes all 13,000 active ASTM standards (equivalent to the printed 82 volumes), the historical standards back to 1998, as well as the withdrawn and redlined version comparisons. In addition, it includes full-text access to Manuals, Monographs, Data Series, STPs (Special Technical Publications) and almost a dozen Journals dating back to the 1930s.


CSA Standards

The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit standards development, membership-based association, in business, industry, government and consumers. CSA is the largest standards development organization (SDO) in Canada and is accredited in Canada and the U.S. to develop standards in a wide range of subject areas.

UNB Libraries’ subscribes to the Complete CSA Collection package which includes over 3,000 current and historical (including IT and Telecommunications standards) and standard related documents such as handbooks, guidelines and commentaries.


IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Provides access to current, revised and superseded standards in the field of electrical and computer engineering.


Other Standards

The Engineering and Computer Science Library owns a number of BSI, IEC, ISA, ISO and TAPPI standards that are listed individually in our library catalogue and we purchase them base on our request from faculty, students and staff.



Key Resources

Key Resources

Referencing ASTM Standards – General Guidelines


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Citing Standards

The basic format structure:

  • Issuing Agency (or publication name)

  • Standard Number

  • Standard Title

  • Publication Date

  • Specific Version

Note: Standards can be reprinted, altered/reissued by a number of different standard organizations.


APA Style

Reference (Example)

Format: Standard issuing body. (Year). Standard title (Standard number). City, State / Country: Publisher.

CSA. (2014). Human factors in design for nuclear power plants (N290.12). Toronto, Canada: Canadian Standards Association.

CSA. (2014). Human factors in design for nuclear power plants (N290.12). Retrieved from Canadian Standards Association Online.

In Text Citations

(Canadian Standards Association, 2014)

For more help, please see the APA Publication Manual



IEEE Style

Basic Format:

[1] Title of Standard, Standard number, date.


[1] IEEE Criteria for Class IE Electric Systems, IEEE Standard 308, 1969.
[2] Letter Symbols for Quantities, ANSI Standard Y10.5-1968.

For more information, please see the IEEE Manual



Chicago Manual of Style

Reference (Example)

IEEE Recommended Practice for Software Requirements Specifications 1998. IEEE Std 830-1998. doi:10.1109/IEEESTD.1998.88286.

In Text Citations

Format: (Author Year, page number)

(IEEE, 1998) 

(IEEE 1998, 26-27)

For more help, please see the Chicago Manual of Style



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