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Standards in the Mason Libraries

This guide provides information about the standards resources available in the Mason Libraries.

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Are you looking for engineering or other types of standards?  Use the resources on this guide to explore the standards that are available in the Mason Libraries.  Can't find what you need?  Want to request a standard? Contact me for help:  tcalcagn@gmu.edu.

What are Standards?

Standards, also called procedures, rules, codes, etc., are developed by professional groups, governments, and standards organizations to define specific procedures, product design elements, quality levels, etc.   Standards are important because they ensure:

  • compatibility of products,
  • product safety,
  • consumer and worker safety, and 
  • consistency in the processes used in a specific profession.  

Standards may also specify/clarify terminology, competence, or other requirements for a profession or group.

Engineering Standards are technical specifications stipulating product characteristics such as size, quality, performance, or safety.  They may specify methodologies for the composition and testing of materials or the communication of digital information. Engineering standards are developed by many different standards groups (ANSI, IEC, ISO, NISO, NIST) and professional societies (ASTM, ASTM, ASCE, ASME, IEEE, ITU) 

Accounting Standards define and standardize the accounting methods used so that they are consistent from business to business, and in all industries.  Without these standards, comparisons of financial success between companies would be difficult.  The Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are widely accepted and used by businesses.

Information Technology (IT) Standards and Telecommunication Standards are critically important to ensure that digital information is shared and stored with minimal loss of data.  Healthcare IT Standards are important to ensure privacy of medical records.

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