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Standards and Codes

Online Standards

This is an alphabetical list of online standard, code guideline collections available through our University of Toronto Library subscriptions.  More help with using these collections can be found in the Help with online standards tab.

In the IEEE Standard Collection, select "Standards" under the "Browse" option:


  • If you know the number of the standard you need, search using the number in the search box.
  • The search box allows you to search by keyword. 
  • You can further refine your search using the filters on the left.

Finding standards online using TechStreet

TechStreet is a platform you can use to search a variety of different standard collections subscribed to by University of Toronto Libraries.  Standards can be searched for by collection and then downloaded as PDF files. 

How do you use TechStreet?

  • Type in the document identifier, document title, or a keyword of the standard you would like to find in to the search bar.
  • In some cases you may be able to filter your search results further using refinements to the left.
  • Alternately you can browse on TechStreet through the collections to which University of Toronto Libraries subscribes.

What standard collections are available through TechStreet?

All standard collections of U of T

What are Standards?

"A standard can be defined as a set of technical definitions and guidelines that function as instructions for designers, manufacturers, operators, or users of equipment." - ASME

"A redline version of a standard indicates the changes made, during the standards revision process, between the active standard and its previous version." - IEEE

Why use standards?

"Because it’s a catastrophe when a screw doesn’t fit." - ASME

Standards help to ensure quality of products, safety of consumers and interchangabilty of parts.  Use of standards can help companies improve their profit margins and customer satisfaction.  There may also be important ethical reasons to use standards when creating a design.

Does a standard exist for a particular engineering issue?

Sometimes you may need to check whether a standard exists for a particular product, process, material or design issue. Use the following databases to discover what standards exist.

Citing Standards

Standards, like other sources of information, must be cited when you use them in your work. The following is a guide on how to cite standards according to the IEEE Style Manual.

Basic format:

[1] Title of Standard, standard number, date.


[1] IEEE Criteria for Class IE Electric Systems, IEEE Standard 308, 1969.

[2] Letter Symbols for Quantities, ANSI Standard Y10.5-1968.

For more information on citing according to the IEEE Style Manual, please see the IEEE Editorial Style Manual, come to the Engineering & Computer Science Library Reference Desk, email us or call 416-978-6578.

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