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J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

Standards: Citing Standards

Locating standards in the Van Pelt and Opie Library

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Citing Standards

Citing an industry standard will vary depending on the requirements of individual journals and disciplines. At this time there is no specific style guide for industry standards. Talk with your professor/instructor or company to determine which style is best suited for your project.

Make sure you provide enough information so that anyone interested in further information can track down the original document. 

  • Issuing Agency (or publication name)
  • Standard Number
  • Standard title
  • Publication Date
  • Specific Version
    • Standards can be reprinted, altered/reissued by a number of different standard organizations, withdrawn, etc.

Chicago Style Examples

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends using the Chicago Manual of Style for citations. If you are using a style other than Chicago, please explore the appropriate style handbook for guidance and examples. 

General Format for Footnotes/Endnotes
#. Title of Standard, Standard No. 1234 (Publication City, State: Publishing Organization, Publication date in Month Day, Year), location of information citing.

Subsequent References to Same Standard 
Next #. Title of Standard, location of information citing.

If the title for standard is long, a shortened title can be used in subsequent references so long is it is still obvious where it came from. The full title must be used for the first reference to a source. 
Ice-cream freezers - Classification, requirements and test conditions (Swedish Standard) can just be Ice-cream freezers

Example
1. Bibliographic References, ANSI/NISO Z39.29-2005 (Bethesda, MD: National Information Standards Organization, approved June 9, 2005; reaffirmed May 13, 2010), 3.2.2.
2. Bibliographic References, 3.2.2.

General Format for Bibliographic Entry
Organization that issued standard. Title of Standard. Standard No. 1234. Publication City, State: Publishing Organization, Publication date in Month Day, Year.

Example
National Information Standards Organization. Bibliographic References. ANSI/NISO Z39.29-2005. Bethesda, MD: NISO, approved June 9, 2005; reaffirmed May 13, 2010.