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Engineering Subject Guide — Standards

This guide offers information for students and faculty, on and off campus, on locating library resources and services suited for the School of Engineering.

What are Standards?

A standard is an agreed upon way of doing something. They are produced by various national and international groups and allow engineers to be certain that their designs will be able to interoperate or function within the framework of other engineers' designs.


Standards impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Consider these few areas:

  • The production of high-quality, expertly tested automotive parts and materials
  • The science and technology of highway construction
  • The safe and economic construction of buildings

Learn More about Standards:

Standards Available through UConn Libraries

Here is a list of some standards that are owned by UConn Library:

History of Engineering Standards

Purchasing Standards

If you are unable to obtain a standard that you are in need of for a Senior Design project or for graduate level research, then please email the librarians.  We will look into whether it is possible for us to purchase that standard.