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Standards: Finding Standards

A guide to standards at Carnegie Mellon University.

General Advice

Don't be surprised if locating standards proves to be difficult.  Databases for locating standards often only have a title for you search by keyword.  Standards are regularly updated (usually) and the version that you want might depend on your specific information needs.  Be prepared to think about alternative terms - is it a blast wall or a protective structural barrier?  Ask a librarian for help!

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Search Terms and Available Databases for Identifying Standards

To locate a standard, you should have at least some of the following details:

    Name of the publishing organization (often referred to as the SDO - Standards Developing Organization)
    Standard number

Often, another information source will provide this information for you, but when it doesn't you may have to use a search engine:

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