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Standards & Specifications: A How-To Guide

Guide to searching for, and locating full-text of, industry standards.

Requesting Standards Not Owned by the ISU Library

If the ISU Library does not appear to own the standard you need:

  1. Have you checked Google? Some industry standards are available free on the web.
  2. It is sometimes possible to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to borrow standards not owned by the ISU Library and/or have the library purchase a standard you need. Work with the Circulation Desk staff to be sure that the needed standard is not already owned by the ISU Library.
  3. Request through our purchase on-demand process: Email the librarian shown on the right side of this page. Give them your name, your ISU department, and a citation for the standard. The full title and the number of the individual standard are the most important pieces of information to provide (e.g. ASHRAE standard 113 - "Method of Testing for Room Air Diffusion"). The date of publication of the standard and the number of pages are also useful.

If you do not have an ISU ID, you are not eligible to use the purchase on-demand process. You will need to purchase the standard directly from the document supplier. We recommend using IHS Global Engineering. Be sure to check their website to find purchase cost and verify your standard is available. Orders can be placed by calling them at 800-854-7179.

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Iowa State University
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