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Standards: ANSI

Basics for Locating Standards

1.  Confirm the standard number including the acronym and title by searching Google, or a standards search engine such as the NSSN (ANSI) website or the IHS Standards Store .  Assume you are looking for ISO 2371. A search of Google shows the following from the ISO website: ISO 2371:1974 - Field balancing equipment -- Description and evaluation.

2.  Search this library guide. a) On this guide, look for the respective acronym (on one of the tabs to a page) which corresponds to the needed standard and study the respective page if found, for an indication of a print or electronic index and the availability of full text in the print or electronic format.  Or, b) enter the acronym for the standard in question such as ANSI into the search bar above [insert link].  If a page is found, search for any indication of a print or electronic index and the availability of full text in print or electronic format.

3.  Search the library catalog for an individual standard. This assumes the standard is indexed in the catalogFrom the Library homepage, select Catalog Basic, select "Title search": (the default is keyword):
a) search with the standard number including the acronym ISO 2371 if that fails
b) search by standard title “Field balancing equipment – Description and evaluation”

4. If nothing found, contact the engineering librarian.   It is hard to know what might have been overlooked. 

5. If the Library does not own the standard, it is very unlikely that Interlibrary Services will be able to obtain the standard, due to licensing restrictions. 

6. Let the Library know of your interest in a standard.  This helps build the case for future purchasing decisions.  No guarantees, unfortunately.

American National Standards Insititute

The American National Standards Institute formed through the joint effort of five engineering societies and three government agencies  ANSI is not a government agency. It is a private, nonprofit membership organization responsible for administering and coordinating the United States private sector voluntary standardization system. ANSI itself does not develop American National Standards (ANSs); instead ANSI provides a neutral venue in which all interested US parties come together and work towards common agreements which result in the creation of voluntary standards.  ANSI is a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC).   

ANSI estimates that there are hundreds of “traditional” standards developing organizations (SDOs), 226 of which are accredited by ANSI.  The 20 largest SDOs produce 90% of the standards. There are approximately 10,000 American National Standards. [1]

Representatives of numerous U.S. government agencies actively participate in the activities of ANSI and its accredited bodies. Approval of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (P.L. 104-113) in the mid-1990’s also helped to encourage federal agencies to rely upon and participate in the voluntary standards and conformity assessment systems. In addition, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has officially recognized ANSI’s role as U.S. representative to the ISO, IEC and many regional standards organizations.
This from ANSI's website 


Access:  The library does not have an active subscription to ANSI standards.  A search of the Big Orange Search System (BOSS) using the terms:  ansi 'american national standard'  will retrieve over 5,000 results, a limit on content “standards” will produce 200 results which are largely IEEE and ASTM standards which have been adopted by ANSI.   All of these in e-format. 

An advanced search of the catalog on ansi AND ‘american national standard’ as a phrase will retrieve over 1100 standards, some of in print and electronic formats, some active standards, and others historical (no longer in effect).   Adding additional search terms will narrow the number of results.