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Finding standards: Home

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?

Academic Liaison LibrariansIf you need help with finding information, then please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice.