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UMass Amherst Libraries

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Library resources to support course work and research

Identifying Standards

Identify standards you need using these free databases:

Finding standards at UMass Amherst

Databases that contain standards:

  • SAE Mobilus is the platform that provides our current subscribed content from the Society of Automotive Engineers. This includes: Ground Vehicle Standards (also called J-Standards/Reports) (1927 - 2018)

For standards in print:

1. Search the UMass Libraries Discovery search for the standard's title in quotes.  (EX: "Wheelchairs - Part 1: Determination of static stability").  If it is in the UMass Amherst Libraries collection, you will find its location in the resulting item record.  

2. If UMass Amherst Libraries does not own it, you are part of the UMass Amherst Community, and you need the standard for your research or coursework, you may request a standard by emailing the Engineering Librarian


Data sources are dependent on who created the data, their storage options and their ability to share the data. Here is a source for Energy Data. Also see the UMass Data Management Library Guide.

Technical reports

Some Technical Report Resources Sites:

  • EPA NSCEP / National Service Center for Environmental Publications
  • (International Atomic Energy Agency)
  • RITA (Research and Innovative Technology Administration, National Transportation Library)
  • TRAIL Technical Report Archives and Image Library
  • TRID (TRIS - the TRIS and ITRD Database Online)
  • SciTech Connect  SciTech Connect consolidates the contents of OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database

Characteristics of Technical Reports


Library of Congress - About Technical Reports & Standards

  • The content is not published via typical commercial channels (instead the reports are issued or sponsored by government agencies, associations & societies, Councils, Foundations, laboratories, universities, etc.).
  • The format provides rapid communication of new research results.
  • The reports are disseminated to a targeted audience.
  • The reports include detailed methodology and data in order to facilitate review of research results by others.
  • Publications are typically not peer reviewed, but generally are the result of another selection process (grant, contract, or institutional affiliation).
  • Corporate authorship is typically emphasized