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Standards and Codes at CU Boulder: Find Standards

In this guide, you'll find information about standards and codes at CU Boulder and how to find them; standards issuing organizations, including those that provide free access; as well as how to obtain standards not held by the Libraries.

What are technical standards?

  • Guidelines for processes, materials and products that ensure quality, safety and interchangeability of parts
  • Usually written by industrial/professional organizations, business groups, and government bodies
  • There are both national and international standards

Do you have the standard title or number?

If you have a standard title:

  1. Search in the CU catalog to see if the library owns the standard.
  2. If you cannot find the standard, request assistance from a librarian by sending an email to engref@colorado.edu.

If you have a standard number:

  1. Go to the website of the issuing organization to find a title.
  2. Search in their catalog by keyword or number to find a title.
  3. Once you find a title, search the CU catalog to see if the library owns the standard.
  4. If you cannot find the standard, request assistance from a librarian by sending an email to engref@colorado.edu.

Do you need to find a standard for a topic (but have no title or standard number)?

  1. Search the internet for standards on your topic to see which issuing organizations may be appropriate.
  2. Go to the website of the appropriate issuing organization.
  3. Search in their catalog by keyword (or number if you found one) for a title.
  4. Once you find a title, search the CU catalog to see if the library owns the standard.
  5. If no copy of the standard is available, request assistance by sending an email to engref@colorado.edu.

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