What is a standard?
A standard is a set of guidelines for the composition and manufacture of items, or for conducting a process or procedure. Adherence to some standards is required by law, others are voluntary. Standards:
Who creates standards?
Standards are created by scientific and professional organizations, industrial organizations, and government groups. Some are adopted as legally mandatory by government regulatory bodies.
How do I know which standard I need?
Often you will see a standard cited in another document or on a product similar to the one you're developing. If you would like to do a broad search for standards that are potentially related to your project, visit the Searching for Standards page.
Are the library's standards current?
We collect print standards on demand. As such, a standard you find in the collection may not be the most current edition. Check TechStreet Enterprise or the website of the Standards Developing Organization for that standard for information on updated versions. In some situations, librarians may be able to work with you to acquire the most recent version.
Can I borrow a standard? Photocopy it?
The library's print standards can be borrowed for 5 days. Copying the entirety of a standard typically violates copyright law. Should you need multiple copies for a class or other situation, please contact us. We can place a standard on Course Reserve for you.
Looking for a specific standard? Michigan Tech subscribes to the following databases that house electronic, full-text copies of standards:
The library's Print Standards database lists all of the print standards the library owns. These are located on the first floor between the Ask Us! station and the library cafe.
If a standard you need is unavailable, contact the library using the Request a Standard form. We consider standard purchase requests on a case by case basis.
Do you need a standard for a funded research project? You are typically able to use funding to purchase standards. If you would still like to go through the library so that the standard you need is available to additional members of the Michigan Tech community, please contact us.
Are you working with a client or outside organization for a design project? Often they will be able to provide a copy of a standard on request if it's one that they require and use heavily in that organization.