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Civil Engineering: Find Standards

A guide to the civil engineering resources available through Preston Library.

What is an engineering standard?

An engineering standard is a document that has been developed and established within the consensus principles of the organization and which meets the requirements of procedures and regulations. Full consensus standards are developed with the participation of all parties who have a stake in the standards’ development and/or use.

ASCE standards promote safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency.

Building Codes and Handbooks

Find standards @ Preston Library

Engineering standards can be found by searching the library's online catalog.  Here is the URL for advanced search:  http://vmi.worldcat.org/advancedsearch 

Search tips:

  • Organization as author, i.e. ASTM or American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Keywords
  • Subject headings
  • Limit by types of sources
  • Limit by date

You can also search the ASCE official web site under the category of "Books & Standards" to find an engineering standard.  Once you have the title, standard number and date of publication, you can search the library's catalog.  If Preston Library does not own the standard, then you can request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Databases

Standards @ Preston Library