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First, what are standards?
Standards, often referred to as "technical standards," "industry standards," or "engineering standards," are documents that communicate agreement. The agreement conveyed may relate to a variety of topics, such as consistent methods, designs, processes, procedures, or use of language. These documents are created by professional organizations who want to ensure quality of technology and procedures. A couple of these organizations include ASTM International and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
So what can the Specifications and Standards (IHS Engineering Workbench) database provide for us?
Available to Purdue users, this database is a collection of national & international standards available online with downloadable, full-text PDFs. Purdue has access to many but not all standards in the database. If an online standard is unavailable, check out our other standards databases or our Print Standards Database.
To begin, we’ll start here, at the Purdue University Libraries' homepage.
Underneath the search bar are options to browse catalogs, databases, or online journals.
Click on "Databases”
As you can see, as a member of the Purdue University community you have access to hundreds of databases!
To limit our search results based on our area of interest, in the category drop-down menu, click on the "All Subjects" button and select "Engineering & Technology".
To filter our search results a little bit further, we can decide on any number of subcategories that best fits what we're looking for.
Thankfully, the database we're looking for is in the Best Bets list!
Scroll down the list and click "Specifications and Standards".
From here you will be directed to login with your Purdue user information.
After you have logged in with your career account, you will need to create an account within IHS.
To register, click on the "Register" button on the right side of the screen.
Fill out the necessary information to create an account, and then click "Submit".
If you already have an account, go ahead and login with your information, then click the arrow below in the tutorial to move on.
Once you are logged in, click the "IHS Engineering Workbench" link.
This database allows us to search and access thousands of issued standards by entering the document number, issuing organization, or keywords and text within the corresponding boxes.
Before we start our search, let's explore the many query options within this database.
Our first set of query options directly underneath the search bar let you limit your search to the following fields.
Now that we have covered the different query options, we can finally start our search.
In the second box in the first set of query boxes, select "Organization & Publisher".
Next, type in ASME into the box that says "Enter publisher" to search for documents by this organization.
To make sure our results come up with documents we actually have access to, go ahead and check the "Search My Subscriptions only" option at the top of the window.
Lastly, click the green magnifying class button at the top!
As you can see, there are hundreds of standards issued by ASME that are available within our selected search queries.
Our results are displayed alphanumerically by document number. Within this list we can view:
Let’s take a better look at our result, “ASME A17.1 HDBK Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators”
Click the document number or title to access the document.
Important Note: This will open a new tab in your window. Be sure to navigate back to this tutorial to move on.
As you can see in looking at the document, there is a table of contents on the left side of the screen, which is a great way to navigate lengthy documents.
If you click on "SCOPE" under the table of contents, the document will navigate to the scope section.
This section, sometimes referred to as the abstract, gives a brief overview of what the standard is about and clarifies its applicability.
If you notice on the right side of the screen, three little blue icons.
For example, we see that this document has been revised. The oldest version of the document will appear last.
Even though Purdue does not currently have access to this version of the standard, you have a couple of options to consider.
Now you know how to perform a basic search using the IHS Engineering Workbench; Specifications and Standards Database.
If you would like more training on Engineering Workbench, you can visit here: https://www.ihs.com/Info/engineering-workbench-resource-center/training.html
If you can't find a standard online or in print through our Database of Print Standards, please visit us at the Reference Desk in the Library of Engineering & Science located in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center or contact us at email@example.com or (765) 494-0831. We will be happy to assist you in locating the information you need.
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