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Standards Information


For Washington University faculty, staff and students:

First check the Washington University Online Catalog to verify whether a standard is held by the WU Libraries. A keyword search is best.
If the standard is not held by the WU Libraries, you may:
  • Go to Specs & Standards:
    Specs & Standards is a comprehensive index of standards from more than 450 standards organizations. The service is automatically updated, so you are always retrieving the most current version of a standard.
    More info.

For non-Washington University patrons:

First check the Washington University Online Catalog
If not available at WU Libraries, you may:
  • Check the St. Louis Public Library catalog for U.S. industry standards.
  • If the standard is not U.S. or St. Louis Public Library does not hold it, check the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, MO. You can e-mail them at requests@lhl.lib.mo.us or call 1-800-662-1545
  • If copyright restrictions prevent the Linda Hall Library from fulfilling the request, options are:

    • Purchasing directly from standard issuing body. (Contact information for standard issuing bodies can be found in the "Index and Directory of Industry Standards," REF T59.2 U6 I5)
    • Purchasing from Global Engineering Documents, Clayton, MO (314-726-0444)
    • Purchase directly from Tech Data Xpress:
      Tech Data Xpress is a comprehensive index of standards from more than 450 standards organizations. The service is automatically updated, so you are always retrieving the most current version of a standard.
      • In order to use the database, you will need to create a username and password. Click on the New User Signup link and fill out the form.
      • Access is to bibliographic information about standards - not the full text of the standards. In order to get the full-text of a standard you must purchase the standard using a credit card.
      • On the profile you create, above (your username & password) you can include credit card information to pay for the standards you wish to order. Prices are given for each standard in the database.

Links to Internet Sites With Other Standards Information: