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UK Faculty, Staff and Affiliates:

As of January 1, 2016 UK Libraries will no longer purchase individual standards for UK employees.  You may purchase standards at cost from the following providers:

FAQ on Standards

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. --  Andrew Tanenbaum in Computer Networks

What is a standard or specification?

A specification is an explicit set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, or service (Source:  ASTM). 

How do I find a Standard?

Start with Infokat Discovery to see if UK Libraries own it.  Use any of the providers listed above. If you cannot find the standard contact the Engineering Library at 7-4364 for assistance.

 How can I tell if UK owns a standard? 

If we own the standard there will be record in  Infokat Discovery. The exceptions are SAE J Standards and ASTM standards - see TAB above.  

If UK doesn't own the standard I want, do I need to purchase it?

You will need to place an order using a credit card or whatever method the vendor requires.

How long does it take to receive an order? 

Electronic documents are generally quicker to arrive than print.  Contact the vendor for more information.

Does UK have SAE J standards?

The Society of Automotive Engineers issues a handbook each year that contains the “J” standards for the industry.  We have the annual CD-ROMs through 2010 available in the Shaver Engineering Library - please ask at the desk. 

Does UK have ASTM standards? 

Shaver Engineering Library has the entire 2010 collection available on the shelf.  

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Susan K Smith
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