What is a standard?
A standard is a "documented agreement containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines or definitions of characteristics, to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose." International Organization for Standardization (ISO)http://www.iso.org/iso/support/faqs/faqs_standards.htm
Standards are published documents that set out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they were intended to. Standards establish a common language which defines quality and safety criteria.
Standards are practical and don't set impossible goals. They are based on sound industrial, scientific and consumer experience and are constantly reviewed to ensure they keep pace with new technologies.
They cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, business, information technology, human services to energy and water utilities, the environment and much more. Standards Australia
To obtain a standard, not currently held by QUT Library
How to obtain the fulltext of a standard, not held in QUT library collections.
It is reasonably common for researchers to require a foreign standard that is not part of our collection. Typically this would be an international (ISO), a European (EN) or a British (BS) standard.
Providing the list price of this standard is less than AUD$200- then researchers should make their request via QUT Library’s document delivery service.
Prior to requesting the fulltext of a standard via document delivery the library asks you, the researcher to...
1) Search the QUT library catalogue (a copy of the standard you require may just be held in our collection);
2) Search SAI global online to see that no equivalent Australian standard exists.
Please provide full details in your online request. Give a complete citation for the standard you require. Include a web link (if available) in the Source of reference field.
QUT document delivery may supply the standard to you as a digital PDF, otherwise it will be in print. If you have a preference, please indicate that in your online request in the Additional Information field.
Should the price of the standard be greater than AUD$200- please consult your liaison librarian.
Undergraduates can place a document deliivery request however they must obtain permission from their lecturer first.
To do this print out, sign and take the following form to the Learning and Research Desk at any campus library.
This form requires authorisation by a lecturer.