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What is a Standard?


  • may be defined as documented, sanctioned or approved agreements.
  • give precise criteria for consistent use, as rules or guidelines, to ensure that any given material, product or service fulfills its purpose effectively.
  • provide reference points against which similar matters may be compared and measured.

Finding standards at Monash

Standards databases and in print

Monash students and staff may access various standards subscribed to by the library. Conditions for these databases vary.

Some additional standards may be located by entering the standard title in the Library's Search

ASCE library : American Society of Civil Engineers research library

  • Database includes e-books and standards.

ASI - Australian Steel Institute

ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)

  • ASTM publications are available via ASTM digital library  (repository of ASTM journals, Special Technical Publications, technical papers, ebooks, manuals, Data series, Proceedings, Bulletins, and monographs).
    • Access to standards is only via IHS Standards Expert landing page.
    • Registration with Monash email required to use this product.
  • Staff and postgraduates contact your subject librarian if you wish the Library to purchase individual standards not covered by the above.

The Australian design rules for road vehicles

  • Held in Multimedia collection:
    • Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
    • Second Edition ADRs (applying to vehicles manufactured from 1969 to 1989)
    • Third Edition ADRs (applying to vehicles manufactured from 2 August 1989)
  • Connect to the latest admendments on the Australian Design Rules website.

Austroads Publications Online

BCA Illustrated, 2013

British standards online (BSOL)

  • Modules 48 relating to construction in general; and 51 relating mainly to civil engineering.
  • On campus only.
  • Eurocodes and annexes are available through this platform.

IEEE Xplore

  • Electrical and electronics engineering database, providing access to IEEE transactions, journals, books, conference proceedings of IEEE and IEE published since 1988, plus all current IEEE standards

SAE Digital Library

  • Indexes citations and document summaries of books, standards, journal articles, conference papers, etc on mobility research worldwide.
  • Use the “Quick Search” to search for all SAE's publications including standards and specifications, or limit search to standards. Deselect the “Limit to Full Text” option.
  • Contact your subject librarian if you wish the Library to purchase individual standards.

Standards on-line premium

  • Note that we have discontinued our access to Standards on-line premium. Please use Techstreet Enterprise (below) instead.

Techstreet Enterprise - Australian standards

  • Offers a searchable database of technical standards and specifications, produced by Standards Australia, with full text views.
  • Replaces SAI Global's Standards on-line premium.

Standards websites

Click organisation name for more information.
Click URL to go to oganisation website. Opens in new tab.

AAMI - Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation


ADR - Australian Design Rules
   Free access


ANSI - American National Standards Institute


ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
   The library holds a number of print sets of Annual book of ASTM standards


BSI - British Standards Institution


FSANZ - Food Standards Australia New Zealand
   Free access


IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission


IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc
   Monash students and staff may obtain full text standards via IEEE Xplore


ISO - International Organization for Standardization
   ISO standards may also be searched via Techstreet Enterprise, which replaces SAI Global's Standards on-line premium.


ITU - International Telecommunication Union (Telecommunication Standardization Sector)
   Some free access


NISO - National Information Standards Organization
   Free access


PSA - Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
   Free access


SA - Standards Australia International Ltd
   Monash students and staff may access the full text of Australian Standards via Techstreet Enterprise, which offers a searchable database of technical standards and specifications, produced by Standards Australia, with full text views. Techstreet Enterprise replaces SAI Global's Standards on-line premium.


SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers


SNZ - Standards New Zealand


UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
   Free access


VicRoads - Vehicle standards information
   Free acces


WHO-OMS - World Health Organization
   Some free access


WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
   Free access


Further Information

  • IHS Australia (Information Handling Services Group Australia) - major vendor of Australian and other standards
  • NSSN (National Resource for Global Standards), produced by ANSI - bibliographic information for over 225,000 international and national standards (U.S. focus)
  • SAI Global InfoStore may be used to purchase (or search for) Australian and other standards.
  • Non-Monash individuals may visit the State Library of Victoria to access various standards (Standards and Codes Of Practice). NOTE: this no longer includes Australian Standards via "Standards on-line premium".