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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


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.

Need more help?

A group photo of the Academic Liaison Librarians teamIf you need help with finding information, then please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice.