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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active ASTM standards (equivalent to the printed 82 volumes), the historical standards back to 1998, as well as the withdrawn and redlined version comparisons.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Provides access to current, revised and superseded standards in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

ASCE Standards 

ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. UNB Libraries have purchased all of the ASCE Standards from the year 2013 and earlier and 2018, 2019 and 2020.

AASHTO - Standard specifications for transportation materials and methods of sampling and testing

The Materials Standards guide contains specifications, test methods, and provisional standards commonly used in the construction of highway facilities and are updated three times per year – in April, June, and July.

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. We purchase them based on our request from faculty, students and staff.



Standards Search Engines

If you're looking for standards that UNB libraries do not own, either in print or electronic formats, please try one of the search engines that would fit your appropriate area of research. Below search engines are a quick way to locate standards from many standards-developing organizations. If you find a standard that's appropriate for your research needs from any of these below search engines, please talk to the Engineering and CS Librarian Saran Croos, who may be able to purchase or locate the standard.

ANSI Webstore

The ANSI Webstore is a searchable online electronic standards database that provides access to U.S. and international standards. You can search for standards from over 150 standards publishers.

IHS Markit Standards Store by S&P Global

The S&P Global search engine provides access to technical industry, government, military standards, and other reference books, manuals, and comprehensive guides from more than 460 technical societies worldwide.

SAI Global

Using the SAI Global search engine, you can search over 1.5 million standards from more than 350+ publishers, including ISO, ASME, SAE, DIN, ANSI, BSI & IEC.

Standards Council of Canada

Using the Standards Council of Canada Search engine, you can locate more than 100,000 active and withdrawn Canadian and international standards from BNQ (Quebec), CGA, CGSB, CSA, IEC, ISO and ULC.


Using TechStreet you can locate more than 550,000 standards and codes from over 150 SDOs.

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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