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Getting Started

What are Standards?

Standards are agreed-upon specifications and guidelines for the performance, operation or composition of a product or process. Regulatory agencies create standards that have legal weight; other organizations create standards that are adopted voluntarily because they provide a means of correlating measures and create a common ground. More information on why you would use a standard is available in this video from the BSI British Standards.

Don't see the standard you're looking for in this guide?

  • Contact one of the librarians listed on this page to request a specific standard.
  • Ask your librarian for help.
  • Contact Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch. It may have some standards that UBC Library does not - call 604-331-3603 to check.

Superseded CSA Standards (195? – 1995) are in ASRS storage in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and can be requested through the CSA Standards Collection online record.  Please note, when selecting the appropriate box, scroll through the entire list of holdings to find all superseded standards.

Key Resources

Research Skills for Engineering Students

Guide Licence