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General Standards

Acquisition Streamlining and Standardization Information System (ASSIST)
Allows to search two databases for free: about 100,000 full text DoD specifications and standards available in the DoD master repository; 80,000+ digital document images in PDF format and related DoD databases including DSP standardization projects (SD-4), standardization points-of-contact (SD-1), Data Item Descriptions (DIDs), MilSpec Reform management data, and HAZMAT/ODC data (required to register). Also provides online shopping system with access to the complete collection of DoD specifications and standards indexed in ASSIST, managed by DoD Single Stock Point. Users may place orders for documents in either paper or CD-ROM formats.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI is one of the largest standards organizations in the United States and the site links to many related documents and international standard organizations. The site includes membership information, many downloadable documents, and current news.

British Standard Institution (BSI)
BSI is one of the largest international standard organizations. The site includes information on standards, catalogs, registration and assessment, and training and consultancy. It links to related documents.

Building Web
Provides information about construction products and suppliers, professional services, contractors, associations, councils and institutes. Covers mainly the United States and most of Canada.

Department of Defense Single Stockpoint for Standards
This site is intended to be a one-stop shopping site for military specifications and standards. Included are military/performance/detail specifications, military standards, Department of Defense-adopted non-government industry specifications and standards, federal specifications and standards; military handbooks; qualified products / Manufacturer's Lists (QPLs/QMLs); USAF / USN aeronautical standards and design standards; and USAF specifications bulletins.

Defense Standardization Program
This site provides links to military and federal standards web sites, including ASSIST, STINET, the Defense Supply Center, NSSN, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Engineering Standards Office.

IHS Global Engineering Documents
This site searches a collection of more than one million documents from over 460 organizations worldwide.  It is searchable by title, document number, and category. Includes industry, government, military, U.S., international and national standards, specifications, and publications.

ILI Standards Database
This database searches worldwide standards and specifications, such as DIN, ISO, BSI, ASTM, NFPA, API, IEC, and ASME.  It covers a range of engineering, technical and regulatory databases.  Registration is needed.  Once registered, searching is by title, number, version, contents, international equivalents and price of any standard from the industrial world.

Index of Federal Specifications and Standards
This is a searchable index of records of federal specifications and standards by title, document number, and FSC. Several lists extracted from this index are available and can be searched by keywords/number.

International Standard Organization (ISO)
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 130 countries. The site includes information on standards and world trade, membership and service network, products and contracts, and ISO 9000 and 14000.

Material Safety Data Sheet Searches
Portal for Material Safety Data Sheet Searches (MSDS).

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration. The site includes information on standards and services, including standards reference materials and programs, and measurement and standards laboratories. The site links to NIST databases.

National Resource for Global Standards (NSSN)
Search 225,000 approved standards citations by term in the document tittle, document number, organization, and keyword. Provides nearly 13,500 records describing documents approved as American National Standards (ANS).  Includes documents approved by U.S. private sector organizations, government agencies, and international standard organizations.

Online shop for standards, books, training, and software. Searchable by title, keyword/abstract, publisher, document number, author (for books), and ISBN (for books).

World Standard Service Network
Portal for international and national organizations. The site includes an index, information on standardization, and downloadable reference documents in PDF format.

Specific Standards Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME conducts technical publishing operations, holds some 30 conferences and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets many industrial and manufacturing standards. The site provides information on codes and standards, conferences and exhibits, membership and benefits, and publications and products.

American Standards for Testing Materials (ASTM)
ASTM is one of the largest voluntary standards developers in the world. The site includes information on news, training courses, services and products, consultants directory, committees, and standards.

Association of Fire and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE)
Portal for resources on firearms and forensic science including information on specifications and safety and recall. Links are categorized by firearms and ballistics; knives, swords, arms and armor; archery, arbalist, ballista; forensic sciences; associations in forensics; microscopy, imaging; useful links. The site provides information on conferences, meetings, and training.

FAA Standards and Handbooks
Selected FAA standards handbooks are available in HTML or WorldView format. Links to FAA standards applicability databases, which contain descriptions of more than 5,000 FAA, military, and commercial standards and specifications used in existing FAA contracts and projects. Searchable by type (information security, internet, e-commerce), keyword, document number, standards body, category, and specialty.

The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)
The Institution of Electrical Engineers represents the public, professional and educational interest of over 140,000 electrical, electronic and manufacturing engineers world-wide. Activities include publishing, the organization of conferences, the maintenance of technical standards, interaction with government departments and the provision of scientific and technical information services. The site includes information on publishing and services, activities and membership, and consultants directory and conferences.

Publications of Headquarters, United States Army Corps of Engineers
Provides all official United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) engineering regulations, circulars, manuals, and other documents produced by HQUSACE (PDF format). Includes Engineer Standards - Graphics, Federal and Military Specifications, and Standards (FMSS),  and Guide Specifications for Construction.

General Technology

Current Cites
An annotated bibliography of articles, books, and digital documents on information technology. Provides three services : monthly publication which contains 10-20 annotated citations of selected articles; bibliography on demand by searching more than 1,000 annotated citations; and an article search of fulltext articles.

DOE Information Bridge
This database contains 25,000+ full text contracted technical reports on energy beginning January 1996.  Topics include physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, and renewable energy. Searchable by title, author, bibliographic information (easy search) and  by field and publication date (advanced search).

Environmental Protection Agency
Portal for searchable databases on environmental protection. The site includes Environmental Test Methods & Guidelines, which contains test methods that appeared in the Agency Web site and sources for acquiring test methods from EPA,  Environmental Data Registry, which has information about the data elements used in EPA systems, and many other useful sites. Toxic Releases under Envirofacts contains information on 650+  industrial toxic chemicals.

Scientific and Technical Information Network (STINET)
Provides pertinent scientific and technical information.  The site contains all classified/unlimited citations added from late December 1974 to present; limited distribution citations added from 1985 to present; all recently added unclassified, unlimited (September 1998 to Present); unclassified, limited full text reports (December 1999 to present); and active and inactive Research Summaries (RS) from 1965 to present. Field search is available and full text documents are downloadable in PDF format.

Sector Facility Indexing Project (EPA)
Provides compliance and enforcement history, production capacity, demographics of the surrounding community, and information on TRI (Toxic Release Inventory) pollutant release and spills. The five industry sectors (individual facilities) are petroleum refining, iron and steel production, primary smelting and refining of nonferrous metals, pulp manufacturing, and automobile assembly. Individual facilities are searchable by a combination of name, city, state, and EPA region.


Currents High-Tech Dictionary
This dictionary searches more than 7,000 high-tech terms.

Domain Name System Look Up Service
Searches information related to particular domains by individual name, company name, domain name, IP address, host or name server.  This site also contains links to the forms for individuals or businesses to set up their own domain name.

NetLingo: The Internet Language Dictionary
Features a listing of hundreds of words that are rapidly evolving into the new vocabulary of the technology industry and the Web community.

Last Updated: February 26, 2014