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Engineering Standards and Codes

Introduction

Standards and codes are needed to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. Standards may be developed by trade associations, industries or government agencies.Upon publication the acronym of the publishing organization together with a number and the current year identifies a given title e.g. ASCE 36 - 2001.

Codes include building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire, and maintenance codes such as: IBC, IEBC, IEC; IECC; IFC; IMC; IPC; IRC; UBC; BOCA; SBC; ADA; ANSI; Fair Housing: UFAS; and NFPA. See table below for their location.

If you need a standard that we do not have or which you cannot find, we may be willing to purchase a copy for the library for your use. Contact the Engineering librarians, engrref@cornell.edu or 607-254-6261.

US and/or International Organizations Involved in Writing Standards

Acronym
Title of Resource
Location (online or hardcopy)
ACI
ACI Manual of Concrete Practice
Most-current manual is at the Uris Library Reference section (hardcopy). Older editions are available from the Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)
ANSI

American National Standards Institute
(Includes some ANS, ASAE, ASCE, ASHRAE, ASME, AWWA, EIA, NFPA, SAE, UL standards, some filed as ANSE/ASME)

American National Standards Institute (online reference; full text may not be available)

Many individual standards are kept at the Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM).

ASCE American Society for Civil Engineers standards

ASCE Library (online)

(or Search catalog for "ASCE standard" in Guided Keyword Search)

Some ASCE standards are also included as part of the Knovel digital library

ASQ

American Society for Quality

Some ASQ standards are also included as part of the Knovel digital library

ASTM

Annual Book of ASTM standards

Regular access to both current and past standards via: ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library (online)

ASME
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

Volume II (Materials) also available online 

Library Annex (hardcopy)

ASME
ASME standards
Some additional standards can be found in hardcopy, interfiled with ANSI standards:
 
Library Annex (Search catalog for T59.A51 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)
- Index and Directory of Industry Standards Library Annex (hardcopy)
IEEE

IEEE standards

Networked Resource

All IEEE standards are accessible via IEEE Xplore

 

Older hardcopy standards available at Library Annex (Search catalog for TK5700 .I592 in Basic Search)

  International Building Code (superseded Uniform Building Code as of 1997)

Accessible online via Mad Cad

Fine Arts Library or Library Annex (hardcopy)

ISO International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization (online)

ISO standards are generally only available for purchase. The library may be willing to purchase such standards as a normal materials request. However, ISO standards are licensed and watermarked to the purchaser. Contact the Engineering librarians to inquire.

MilSpecs

U.S. Department of Defense

Military Standards and Specifications

Everyspec.com (online; contains many free military and Dept. of Defense standards and handbooks)

ASSIST Quicksearch (online)
NFPA National Fire Protection Association

 

NFPA (some are free online)

We also have some in print at the Library Annex as part of this record here (you will need to scroll down; hit "Request" at the top of the page to request individual standards from that collection).

NISO
National Information Standards Organization
NISO (online)
-
National Electrical Code
NIST
National Institute of Standards and Technology Standard Physical Reference Data Page (SI standard units, conversion factors, universal constants)

NIST Physical Reference Data Page (online)

Library Annex (Search catalog for QC94 .S47 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)

NSSN

National Resource for Global Standards (National Standards Systems Network)

-
Uniform Building Code
(1997 superseded by International Building Code)

Library Annex (Search catalog for TH223 .P3 1997 or K3538 .A15 I57 in Basic Search) (hardcopy)

SAE

SAE Handbook
Society of Automotive Engineers

The most-recent edition of the SAE Handbook (and standards thereof) which we have access to is from 2006. Contact the Engineering Librarians to get access.

Older editions may be found in the Mathematics or Library Annex (hardcopy or CD-ROM)

SME

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Part of the Knovel digital library

 

 

Some foreign national standards sites

BSI
British Standards Institute
DIN
Deutches Institut fur Normung
JIS
Japanese Industrial Standards

 

Jeremy Cusker, Engineering Library

Jeremy Cusker
Contact:
103B Carpenter Hall

Engineering Library

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 254-6261