The Ryerson Library has a small and incomplete paper collection of standards and specifications.
The majority of Standards are available online either through websites or by purchasing them from some of the agencies listed below.
Copyright laws apply to standards and the copying of entire standards is illegal without prior permission which is unlikely to be granted.
|ANSI Standards||International Standards (ASTM)|
|ASTM Standards||ISO/IEC Standards|
|Building Codes (Canada, Federal)||NISO Standards|
|Canadian Standards (CSA)||Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods|
|US Government Federal Standards,||UL Standards|
Standards are detailed instructions about how something is to be manufactured, managed, designed, or otherwise handled. The term "standard" is sometimes used interchangeably with the term "specification," although a specification is usually limited to a certain application whereas a standard has broader, more universal application and often repetitive processes. Standards are usually written by an authoritative body such as a professional organization, a government agency, or a manufacturer. The IEEE, for example, publishes electronic and electrical engineering standards.
In order to locate a standard you should (ideally) have the following:
There are indexes you can use to help you identify the standard or specification you need by either number or subject.