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ASTM Standards Now Available Online
14-Aug-2013 Newsletter article

Go to the library homepage, click on Article Indexes & Databases, look for ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library (SEDL). When SEDL loads, click on the Standards tab and search for the standard you need. Individual standards are available as PDF files that you can download. There are NO concurrent user restrictions, NO limits on downloads, and it is accessible from either on- or off-campus computers.

The Standards section includes active standards plus Historical, Withdrawn, and Redlined standards. Note that the text of withdrawn standards is not provided. They provide a list of them, but since they have been withdrawn (and no longer valid) the text was removed from the system. The ISU Library still maintains a print collection of ASTM Standards to enable access to withdrawn ASTM standards and ones that pre-date the Digital Library. There are not any official dates of coverage for the ASTM standards in SEDL, but it is possible to find standards as far back as the 1980s in this online collection.

ISU purchased the "Plus" package which gives us access to almost everything within the SEDL and includes full-text of: ASTM Special Technical Publications, Manuals, Monographs, Data Series, and all ASTM journals (many of which go back to the 1950's). This includes the Journal of Forensic Sciences back to 1972 and several that the ISU Library has never purchased before. SEDL covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.

The Digital Library also includes listings of non-ASTM standards such as ANSI/IEC and ISOs. There is a link that will allow researchers to buy those standards from ASTM. Non-ASTM standards are not included in our subscription to SEDL.

The purchase of this Digital Library virtually eliminates problems for distance education students needing access to ASTM standards. If you have questions about the ASTM SEDL or problems accessing specific pieces of content, contact Lorrie Pellack (pellack@iastate.edu or 4-5569).

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