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Industry Standards: Industry Standards

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.

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 (

Subject Guide

Melanie Sturgeon
Perkins Library - 233

Office Hours:
Tues 11-12, Physics 201
Thurs 11-12, FCIEMAS 2602


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

Please DO NOT order standards using your own credit card.