Subject guide to Standards

During your studies you may need to search for information about standards. Standards are an accepted method or way of working. They provide the technical details and guidelines to ensure consistency in materials, products, processes and services.


British Standards Online (BSOL) - access to full text British Standards. BSOL also includes national adoptions of ISO and EN standards (prefix BS EN, BS ISO)

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library - ASTM standards and technical engineering information

IEEE Xplore - subject database covering electrical engineering, communications and computer science including more than 3,800 technical standards (includes IEEE Standards Dictionary which groups standards by subject area and alphabet)

SAE Mobilus - current and historical aerospace and ground vehicle standards.

Further useful online resources

Construction Information Services (CIS) -
includes documents cited in the UK Building Regulations and associated Approved Documents, technical handbooks and technical booklets.

Eurocodes - agreed standards for the design of buildings and civil engineering structures adopted by all EU Member States. Eurocodes can be found in BSOL under their BS EN number or by using keywords

Standards information web sites

Free resources may not include full text standards, try also searching the databases above

bsi. - British Standards Institution

ISO – International Organization for Standardization. Includes an option to browse details of ISO standards

Eurocodes Expert - Eurocode information from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers

ANSI - standards information from the American National Standards Institute

Techstreet (Thomson Reuters)- international standards and code information


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