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Welcome to Finding Engineering Standards!

Please click on the title link to go directly to the appropriate database.  

Most of our access is provided by IHS (except IEEE and NESC):

  • NEW! All users will be required to register for a free account in order to access standards on the IHS platform. ASME BPVC and ESDU will be accessible through the same login credentials.  
  • Our IHS subscription only includes current standards but for some Codes we do have earlier editions.
  • AWS and ICC require users to download and use a free Adobe Acrobat plug-in to view their secure PDF standards. Once in the database, click on the yellow lock icon yellow lock iconfor more information. The plug-in does not work properly in Chrome.

Please Note: International Standards (ISO, IEC, ITU, DIN, etc.) are not collected or purchased by the University of Texas Libraries. Go to the IHS Standards Store to purchase copies of standards from all national or international organizations and many companies.

If you have any questions, please email the engineering librarians or call us at (512) 495-4511.

ALSO: We don't subscribe to ANSI standards, UNLESS they are co-sponsored by one of the following groups:

Society Notes
AASHTO 
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"
ACI 
American Concrete Institute
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"
API 
American Petroleum Institute
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" 
ASCE 
American Society of Civil Engineers
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"
ASHRAE 
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"
ASHRAE Handbooks [older print handbooks can be found in the catalog] Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" and type "ashrae handbook" in the keyword search field.
ASME 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"
ASME BPVC Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code   Once in the database select "ASME BPVC Advantage"
[includes the following versions: 2015, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998]

ASTM 
American Society for Testing and Materials

*We have most ASTM STP (special technical publications) in print.  Go to the catalog and type in "ASTM special technical publications" in the title field.

Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"

 

AWS  
American Welding Society

 

Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"

AWS requires users to download and use a free Adobe Acrobat plug-in to view their secure PDF standards.  For more information, once in the database, click on the yellow lock icon This plug-in does not work with Chrome.

ICC 
International Code Council

*Only the current editions are available online, for historical editions go to the catalog and search by the title of the code.  Example: International Building Code (in print)
 

Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert" type ICC in the document number search box.

ICC requires users to download and use a free Adobe Acrobat plug-in to view their secure PDF standards.  For more information, once in the database, click on the yellow lock icon This plug-in does not work with Chrome.

IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Click on Browse at the top left and select Standards
IES 
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"
NESC 
National Electrical Safety Code and Handbook

 

NFPA 
National Fire Protection Association
Once in the database select "IHS Standards Expert"

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