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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Understanding Standards

Standards are detailed documents that may be rules, testing methods, definitions, recommended practices, and specifications that promote uniformity for engineering design, industrial practices, and terminology, etc.

  • FAQ on Standards
    Helpful FAQ about standards from the Society for Standards Professional. Covers basic "what is a std" question through more complicated and specific standard questions.
  • Standards - IEEE
    Gives definition of standards, explains the creation and approval process as well as governance, guidelines, etc.
  • Standards Portal
    Website for global trade. Has links to information for standards for different countries, explains how they're used (government vs. private) etc.
  • Standards definiton - NIST
    Explains what a standard is, how to find them, how the US government creates, uses and regulates them in addition to how private industry standards are used both within and outside of the government.

Finding & Requesting Standards

Please Note:  Duke University Libraries collect very few standards. We order standards on demand, free of charge for the Duke community.  If you are affiliated with Duke University, you can request a standard(s) using Document Delivery  (see instructions below).  If you are affiliated with Duke Medical Center, please contact Melanie Sturgeon ( for assistance.

Industry Standards Databases / Resources:

  • Techstreet (use this site to identify standard(s) needed)

How to request a Standard:

For standards other than IEEE (or for BME 462) -  Please search the link to identify the standard needed; copy and paste the link to standard to the Document Delivery form (request as a book)  Detailed instructions below.

  1. Locate the standard needed at, copy the link (url) to that standard for use in the request form
  2. Use Document Delivery to place a 'Book' request.
  3. Please type "Industry Standard" in the 'Author/Editor' field
  4. Enter the title of your standard in the 'Title' filed (ie "ASTM E2611-09")
  5. Paste the link (url) from for the standard you need in the 'Notes' field  (ie "")
  6. Please enter the class / lab you are using this standard for in the 'Where did you find this item cited?' field  (ie ME 492)
  7. Submit the request

Document Delivery staff will contact you when standard is ready for pickup at the Perkins Library Circulation Desk.  Please note - we can not provide PDFs of standards, standards are only available in print.


BME 462 (262)

BME 462 (262) students:

2007 IEC standards 60601-1 for Medical Electrical Equipment are on a CD-ROM that is located in Perkins Reserves.  Please ask for the CD-ROM by the author: International Electrotechanical Commission (IEC) at the Perkins Circulation Desk.

If you need addtional standards for this class, please contact Melanie Sturgeon (

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If you a Duke student, faculty, staff or affiliate:

Please DO NOT order standards using your own credit card.


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