Access to standards over the Web: A comparison of searching services

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Standards have become an indispensable collection resource in science and engineering libraries, used by patrons and reference staff alike. This paper discusses and compares the various Web-based standards databases. Specifically examined are services from Information Handling Service (IHS); ILI Infodisk, Inc.; American National Standards Institute (ANSI); American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); the National Standards Service Network (NSSN); the Department of Defense's Acquisition Streamlining and Standardization Information System (ASSIST); and the World Standards Network (WSSN). Information is presented on search, retrieval and display capabilities and sample search results are shown and analyzed for these various standards services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-74
Number of pages22
JournalScience and Technology Libraries
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • American national standards institute
  • American society for testing and materials
  • Department of defense ASSIST
  • ILI infodisk
  • Information handling service
  • National standards service network
  • Standards
  • World standards network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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