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Standards Research Guide


This guide provides some of the sources useful in identifying and locating industry standards. You will find a list of print, online, and Internet resources available through MSU Libraries. For further assistance with any of these resources, please contact Brad Brazzeal at (662) 325-7969,, or Li Zhang, at You can also get assistance at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of Mitchell Memorial Library or through our Ask a Librarian service.

What are standards?

What is a standard?

"A standard is a document, established by a consensus of subject matter experts and approved by a recognized body that provides guidance on the design, use or performance of materials, products, processes, services, systems or persons ... Standards are voluntary agreements, developed within an open process that gives all stakeholders, including consumers, the opportunity to express their views and have those views considered. This contributes to their fairness and market relevance, and promotes confidence in their use."

Who develops standards?

"Standards can be developed by national, regional and international standards developing organizations and also by businesses or other organizations for their own internal use. They can also be developed by consortia of businesses to address a specific marketplace need, or by government departments to support regulations."


Source: International Standards Organization

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