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British Standards Online
Aston University Library Services subscribe to British Standards Online. Standards are agreed ways of doing something, written down as a set of precise criteria so they can be used as rules, guidelines or definitions.
The reference for a standard looks like this:
Standard reference number: year (republished year, if applicable). Title of standard. Place of publication: publisher.
BS 5605:1990 (1999). Citing and referencing published material. London: British Standard Institution.
Why use standards?
A technical standard is a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices for technical systems. Using a standard ensures
- you are aware of the functionality of a component
- your product or design meets industry standard specifications for e.g. inter-operability and safety
- you are using the correct method for taking a measurement
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Other standards (non-BSI)
You can also find standards within the resources below. For any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
IEEE Xplore This link opens in a new windowIEEE Xplore is an online delivery system providing full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.
Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) This link opens in a new windowBCIS Online gives you access to independent data. It is a tool to help Quantity Surveyors and Cost Estimators provide early cost advice and prepare cost plans for clients. You can benchmark costs for both commercial and residential buildings.