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Standards: Access to standards at MIT

Identifying standards

Identify standards you need using these free databases:

MIT Libraries catalog

Barton: MIT Libraries' catalog


Finding standards at MIT

1. First, try the alphabetical list of standards (Excel) held in the MIT Libraries, search Barton or check the frequently asked for standards.  Standards are in Barton by authoring body - NOT by individual title/number.  

  • For example, if you are looking for standard number ISO 50001.  You can either:
    • look at the alphabetical list above to find ISO standards - then click the Barton link or
    • do a "Title Begins With..." search in Barton for "ISO Standard" which will bring you to this record.
  • Note: We do not have ALL standards by each organization.

2. From the record in Barton, click the "Find it in Library/Request item" link to see the individual standards held in the Barker Library (10-500). 

  • Remember, we do not have ALL standards by each organization.
  • For example, using the record above for ISO standards, click the "Find it in Library/Request item" link to see the individual ISO standards held in the Barker Library (10-500).  Look for number 50001.  Once you are viewing the individual standards numbers, you can either scroll through the pages or you can use the pull down "Select volumes" menu to more easily scroll through the numbers. 
  • TIP:  the numbers may not be in consecutive order.
  • Note: Due to copyright restrictions, the standards collection is NOT included in our Scan & Deliver service.  You may borrow items as part of our regular circulating collection.



If we do not own the standard, you are part of the MIT Community, and you need the standard for your research or coursework, you may request a standard by going here:  Please read the policies carefully.

Frequently asked for standards

Some standards are available online.  For standards in print, the link will take you to the record in Barton.  Follow the instructions for #2 (above) to find the standard number.

  • American Society for Testing and Materials: Annual Book of ASTM Standards

Current standards available online:

We also have older ASTM standards in print.

  • IEEE Standards - Electronically available through IEEE Xplore. Does not include draft standards.

  • Military Standards and Handbooks

Can often be found online at ASSIST Quick Search , some MIL Handbook also available via Knovel.

  • Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE Aerospace Standards

Current SAE Aerospace standards are available in SAE Mobilus.  For older versions or standards in print:

- SAE Aeronautical Standards; AS, ARP, AIR (1941- 1960)
- Aerospace standards; AS, ARP, AIR (1961 - present, incomplete)
- SAE aerospace standards on CD-ROM (2005-2007)



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