Standards are documents that describe the important features of a product, service or system. They are agreed-upon specifications and guidelines for the performance, operation or composition of a product or process. Regulatory agencies create standards that have legal weight; other organizations create standards that are adopted voluntarily because they provide a means of correlating measures and create a common ground.
The Standards Council of Canada is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada. It also provides accreditation of standards development organizations.
There are literally thousands of individual standards and an equal number of standards’ issuing bodies or agencies. Brock University subscribes to full-text ISO accredited Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) databases. Additionally, the Internet provides access to individual standards catalogues, indexes and collections.
The Brock Library subscribes to IEEE Xplore Digital Library database and related society standards.
Please note that most full-text standards are provided from fee-based suppliers. However, you can consult these databases to identify a particular standard's name, number and description.