Standards information

Standards are an important and often unique source of useful information. Many are available on the web - the library subscribes to several services.

BSI have produced useful videos on what standards are, guides to use of standards in education and how people can get involved in the development of standards (including commenting on new proposal and drafts).

Key online sources
Title Description Other Details
British Standards Online

Gives access to all current British Standards and some European and International equivalents (e.g. ISO & IEC standards that are also British Standards). Online tutorials available.

See Terms & Conditions for printing and copying.

On-campus only

IEEEXplore Gives access to all current IEEE standards (in addition to IEE/IEEE journals and conferences from 1988). No password. Off-campus access with Institutional login

Note like most online resources, these are only available to Students and Staff from the University of Southampton

Access to BSOL for non-students/staff: The Hartley Library no longer has a collection of printed British Standards. Access is possible via many public Libraries - including Southampton, which has the most recent Standards available online. (Note: for non-commercial research purposes or private study only, due to the licence it is not possible to print or download a copy).

Society of Automotive Engineers: the SAE Handbook located in Ref TL 151 SAE on level 3 of the Hartley Library contains many of these. Use the index (at the start of any of the three volumes) to find the required volume and page number.

Other standards

Hartley Library contains some standards from other organisations (check WebCat), and the Business Library at Southampton Central Library again holds a useful collection. Remember that many ISO/IEC standards are also British Standards, so do check BS Online for these. If we do not have access to a Standard, it can be requested from . Organisation and gateway sites can be useful to see what is available and check details.

If you have any queries about British Standards information, the resources mentioned or wish to make any comments, please contact either: Michael Whitton or Barbara Dorward ( or by phone on 023 8059 2709).