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On this page, you will find info about a few of the key resources to help you find standards.

The library also offers a more comprehensive Standards guide, which includes info about:

You can also watch this brief webinar - How do I get free access to the standards I need? A Bite-Sized Webinar - for an overview of this information.

If you have questions, please contact Jodi Bolognese at

Key Resources

Northeastern-affiliated students, faculty, and staff have access to a selection of standards in the following databases. 

If the standard you need is not available through one of these existing subscriptions, we may be able to purchase it for you using (limited) funds allocated for this purpose. Please see the next section What if the library doesn't have the standard I need? for more information about requesting standards.

What if the library doesn't have the standard I need?

Due to the high cost and wide variety of standards, the library is not able to subscribe to all of them. However, we may be able to purchase standards for individual use by request, depending on the price and format of the standard, and available budget.

To request a standard, please email Jodi Bolognese, the Engineering Librarian at with the full title and number of the standard(s), for example "ISO 14688-1 - Geotechnical investigation and testing - Identification and classification of soil. Part 1 - Identification and Description". We will investigate purchase options via or IHS Markit and (if budget allows) work with you to gain access.

Learn more about what happens after you submit a request