Industry standards are the officially agreed-upon methods and procedures for a given activity such as testing, performance, construction, or practice. Industry groups or professional associations form committees that draft the documents, gather input from the community of practice and finally approve the completed standard. Standards are periodically reviewed and revised when necessary. There are many industry groups that produce these standards.
This guide will help you identify and find the Standards you need.
Identify standards from a host of different standards granting organizations. Use the left menu to refine your search by Publisher (professional standards organization), Category, Topic, Industry Sector, or ISC code. NOTE: only ASTM standards are available in full text
Incudes: Bioscience (mass spectrometry, cell imaging), Buildings and Construction (building and insulating materials, refrigerants), Chemistry, Materials (properties and characteristics of materials techniques to determine surface properties of solids), Mathematics and Statistics, Physics (atomic, molecular, optical and nuclear physics, fundamental constants)
Use this database to identify an ISO standard, and/or identify the most recent version of the standard. ISO "is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries" (About ISO page)
Professional Organization Standards Databases
If you know the professional organization that developed the Standard(s), go to their website. They will usually have a place on their website to search for and identify Standards. Some of the largest professional standards writing organizations are listed below.
Resources noted as (BSU affiliates, full text) are freely available to BSU currently enrolled students, faculty and staff and contain the full text of standards.
Step 2: If you are searching specifically for an ASTM standard, use the drop down box to the left of the search box to change "All" to "My Subscription"
Step 3: Search by
a) Keyword on the material and/or the type of text; or
b) ASTM Standard number if you know it, Example: D2209-00 (2021)
Step 4: Click on the title of the Standard you want
Interpreting the Information you Find
At the top of each Standard you will see:
In the Upper right
Type of Document: Standard, Technical Report, Journal, etc.
Whether the Standard is Active or Historical
Date the standard was last revised
ASTM Standard number
Language the Standard is in
Document details such as which subcommittee developed the Standard
Viewing, Downloading and Comparing Standard Versions
You have the option to view Standards as a PDF or HTML, and can Download the Standard using the menu just above and to the right of the document
You can also compare 2 versions of a standard to see how the Standard has changed from one version to the next. You will find the Compare Versions option in the menu above the standard to the right, next to the Download option. You can also download the standard from the search results screen using the same icon.
Note: You will find standards other than ASTM in this database. Only the ASTM Standards will be full text
Don't Buy that Standard Yet!
In many of the resources in this guide, the Standards will be available for purchase. Before you buy a Standard, follow these 3 steps:
Step 1: Find out if Albertsons Library has it.
Search WorldCat Discovery by the standard name, or the organization that developed and approved it. Limit your search to Boise State (left navigation bar)
Step 2 : If you find the Standard in WorldCat Discovery, but Albertsons Library doesn't have it, try requesting a copy through through the Library's InterLibrary Loan Service - you should see a button to "Request through InterLibrary Loan" in the upper right corner of the WorldCat Discovery record. Most standards can be obtained, though there may be some exceptions. (BSU currently enrolled students, staff and faculty only)
Step 3 : Contact the Engineering Librarian for help (I'm right there, in the Left navigation bar!)