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Standards and Patents: Finding Standards

A guide to finding standards and patents online

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You may experience issues with slowness when trying to log-in to the database. This is a known problem and we are working with SAI Global support team on fixing these issues. Using an alternative browser in an incognito or private window to access this database may assist performance. Please also note, pdfs from this database will expire after 5 days and need to be obtained again.

Refer to the applicable standard organisation in the section below for instructions on how to obtain your required standard/s.

If you have any questions about how to obtain a standard, please email library.standards@sydney.edu.au

Please note: A standard that is not part of existing Library subscriptions will only be purchased for those patrons who are academic staff, postgraduate students and final year honours students and if the applicable user licence allows. A decision on whether to purchase a standard is at the discretion of the Library.


Australian Standards are available via our SAI Global database subscription. You may also use this subscription to browse other standards, including ISO Standards, and previously purchased ISO Standards may be available for viewing in full.

Please note: Standards Australia require their distributors ensure that each person who accesses their licensed material is an authorised user via the subscription. From 1 July 2020 every user will be required to self-register (one-time only) with their University of Sydney email address to download and view a complete document on the Standards Online (SAI Global) platform. This applies to the access of Australian Standards, ISO and IEC content. 5-days of reading time following download remains unchanged until further notice.

Please logout after use as only ten concurrent users are able to access the database.


90% of ISO standards (and 50% of IEC standards) are now available for you to access yourself via the British Standards Online database (BSOL). The standards are the British implementation, but identical to the ISO. Once you open the standard, you will see a statement saying that it is identical to the ISO.

For ISOs (and other international standards) that don't have a British equivalent, we use the IHS Engineering Workbench database to provide access. If you cannot find the standard you require because, for instance, it doesn't have a British implementation, send the details to library.standards@sydney.edu.au

NOTE: First time users are of IHS Engineering Workbench are required to register to use this database. At the main IHS Markit login page, select ‘Register or Validate Account’. Using your University of Sydney email address, complete your registration.

Standards already added to IHS Engineering Workbench for 2020, with immediate availability: ISO/TR 12300:2014; ISO 10993-1:2018; ISO 10993-9:2019; ISO 10993-15:2019; ISO 10993-18:2020; ISO 13022:2012; ISO 6897:1984; ISO 10137:2007; ISO 3302-2:2008; ASHRAE 90.1-2019 I-P; ASHRAE 62.1; CLSI M26-A; ISO 9613-2:1996; ISO 9613-2; ISO 7361:1986; ISO 2394


Current ASTM Standards are now available directly from ASTM Digital Library.

The ASTM Digital Library is also available for technical content covering a wide range of materials and industries, including Special Technical Publications, manuals, technical papers and journals here.


The IEEE Xplore database contains a complete set of current IEEE Standards.

In order to search for IEEE Standards, follow this procedure:

1. Go to the IEEE Xplore homepage

2. Click on "Advanced Search"

3. Under "Publications", deselect everything except "IEEE standards"

4.  Run your search


SAE Technical Papers are purchased on demand or supplied from those obtained previously in the same year. Please e-mail library.standards@sydney.edu.au with the details of the papers you are seeking.


For standards produced by organisations not referred to elsewhere on this page follow these two steps:

1. Conduct a search for the standard via Library Search. Search by keyword using the standard designation or the title of the standard.

2. If not found via Library Search, request the standard via library.standards@sydney.edu.au

Please note: If we find a print copy of the standard is available from another institution we may ask that you place a request via our resource sharing service. A standard that is not part of existing Library subscriptions will only be purchased for those patrons who are academic staff, postgraduate students or final year honours students and if the applicable user licence allows. A decision on whether to purchase a standard is at the discretion of Library staff.

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