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A guide to useful resources for finding standards

What is a standard?

A standard is an officially approved specification which covers requirements for the properties, dimensions, performance, qualities and testing of products and services. 

Standards can be:

  • international (with worldwide coverage)
  • regional (involving co-operation between two or more countries)
  • national (covering a specific country or sector)

Standards are useful sources for:

  • current thought and practices in specific industries
  • detailed technical guidelines
  • performance or quality guidelines
  • terminology

Finding standards

Summon

Standards covered by our British Standards Online subscription can also be found using our Summon discovery service. One search in Summon will find information published in a wide variety of sources including standards, journal articles, book chapters and newspaper articles.


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Citing a standard (using the Harvard style)

Elements to include:
  1. Name of authorising organisation
  2. Year of publication (in round brackets)
  3. Number and title of standard (in italics)
  4. Place of publication (if in print)
  5. Publisher (if in print)
  6. Available at: URL (if online)
  7. Accessed: date (if online)
Examples

Print standard:

Reference list: British Standards Institution (2020) BS ISO 21543:2020: Milk and milk products - guidelines for the application of near infrared spectroscopy. London: British Standards Institution.

In-text citation: (British Standards Institution, 2020)

Online standard

Reference list: British Standards Institution (2020) BS ISO 21543:2020: Milk and milk products - guidelines for the application of near infrared spectroscopy. Available at: https://bsol.bsigroup.com (Accessed: 6 July 2021)

In-text citation:  (British Standards Institution, 2020)