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MEMS 411 // JME 4110

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How to Request Individual Standards

You MUST request individual standards for purchase. 

If you need a standard, email the standard number (e.g. ASTM-F3502-21) to Lauren Todd. You can also email her for help identifying relevant standards.

About Standards, Codes & Patents


  • Documentation of engineering practices including rules, techniques, and conditions for engineering design, industrial practices, units of measurement, terminology, etc.
  • Committees, affiliated with societies or organizations, and made up of specialists from universities and industry write standards.
  • Give guidance and authority to engineering design.
  • Can be mandatory or voluntary.
  • Rules for uniformity, size, quality, performance, shape, definition, and testing methodology of manufactured products.


  • set mandatory legal requirements.
  • Clarifies what needs to be done


  • "type of intellectual property that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention for a limited period of time in exchange for publishing an enabling disclosure of the invention." Wikipedia

Relevant Databases to find Standards

Links to Search Standards, Codes & Patents

GenAI as a Reseach Tool

GenAI can help you:

  • Identify relevant engineering standard numbers based on design prompt inputs.
  • Summarize standards and standard requirements.
  • Brainstorm keywords, subject headings, and additional research areas.
  • Identify possible "experts."
  • Help outline your report.
  • Remember to fact-check all information generated as it could be wrong, outdated, or fabricated.

Considerations using GenAI as a research or writing tool: 

  • Start creative juices and overcome writer's block.
    • Generate topics, keywords, and ideas.
    • Help outline papers.
    • Compare and contrast
    • Refine research questions and thesis.
    • Note effective prompts and strategies.
  • Be very specific with your language inputs.
    • Consider the target audience and task.
    • Refine your questions and responses.
    • Verify everything.
  • Use for simple facts that you can fact-check via another source. Then cite that other source.
  • Beware of misinformation, programming bias, and hallucinations. 
    • ChatGPT is notoriously bad at sources and often includes fake articles and citations.
    • ChatGPT has limited knowledge of the world or events after 2021.
    • If you copy/paste AI-generated text, you could be plagiarizing without even knowing it.


  1. Hargadon, Steve. "Library 2.0's ChatGPT Bootcamp for Libraries and Librarians." Library 2.0, 3/25/2023,