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Getting Standards Not Owned by JHU

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  • JHU Libraries do not have access to standards from NIST, ANSI, or ISO. But IEEE and ASTM include a few individual standards from those agencies, so try those just in case.

1) Library of Congress

2) NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has a public standards information center. This page will lead you to information about NIST's standards.

Note: Due to licensing restrictions, NIST cannot provide full-text copies. However, you can make an appointment to visit their office to look at standards. You may photocopy sections of standards (but not the complete item).

Here are some places from which to buy standards, if you can't get them any other way.

Here is Georgia Tech's list of societies from whom you can order standards directly.

Look at the web site of the organization whose standard you want, because they often have other good information. For ISO's online FAQ is helpful, and includes answers to common questions, including the list of products, services, and the many varied things for which there are standards.

  1. ANSI (American National Standards Institute) online store
  2. The Document Center in Belmont, CA -- The web site is a little frustrating, but you can search their catalog for standards from many different sources.
  3. Techstreet in Ann Arbor, MI -- Use their online database to search for more than 300,000 industry codes and standards from 350 of the world's leading standards developing organizations. Areas covered include aerospace, architecture/engineering/construction, boilers and pressure vessels, electronics, energy and petrochemical, food and beverage, information technology, medical and pharmaceutical, and water and wastewater, among others. Here's help.
  4. IHS (formerly "Information Handling Service") -- IHS sells many kinds of standards. There are many organizations that issue standards and many kinds of codes and standards.

The AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) has some standards that will look helpful.

  • But JHU does not own any of them, and we won't be buying them online because they are only available to a single user at a time

Check WorldCat (the 2nd tab) to see whether any library has a print copy that you can borrow through Interlibrary Loan (under "Request Materials)

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