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This guide is intended to provide the basic information required for locating standards

How to use SAI Global

Accessing SAI Global through the catalogue                      

You can access SAI Global through the catalogue page

Important information about SAI Global                      
  • Only 4 concurrent users for Australian standards and 1 concurrent user for international standards.  Once you have viewed/downloaded your standard please log out to allow other people to use the database.
  • Users may be prompted to self-register the first time they attempt to open or download any Standards Australia, or ISO and IEC content. Searching and viewing search results will not require registration. The self-registration process will request first name, last name, University of Melbourne email address, and ask you to create a password. Once registration is verified, no further action is required. This information is stored by SAI Global and not shared unless a potential infringement is uncovered. SAI Global's privacy policy can be viewed here.
  • All AS, ISO and IEC documents will have Digital Rights Management (DRM).   SAI Global has integrated Vitrium as the digital rights management solution to meet the requirements of these publishers. This ensures your access to Standards remains compliant with licensing requirements. This watch video detailing necessary adjustments to your device settings that are essential for Vitrium to safeguard the documents.
  • Downloaded PDFs expire after five days.  When you have downloaded the standard you need, you will need to print it.
How to register with SAI Global                      

First-time use registration may be required

SAI Global now operates on a new platform called i2i. All users will need to self-register (even if they had an account with the previous system). The self-registration process will request your first name, last name, University of Melbourne email address, and ask you to create a password. Once registration is verified, no further action is required.

Screenshot of Registration page in SAI

You can use  - University of Melbourne  - for Company and Business Unit

Screenshot of second page of SAI Global registration

To activate your account and use your new credentials, you will need to access your email and confirm your identity, by following the instructions in the email.code will be sent to your university email address. Enter the code and click Submit

Message from SAI Global registration that a confirmation email is required

You will be prompted to create a password. This should differ from your university password, and should be unique. Create your password and click 'Continue'.
You then will be prompted to login with the details you set up. Your username = your university email address.

Video: Searching Standards

Searching standards             
Discover the different ways to search for the Standards you need.

Standard information of the product page

Getting information from the Product Page            

There is a wealth of meta-data held for each Standard within the i2i platform which can be found on the product page.

Using the view online tool                   

SAI Global now has a facility to view and share standards. Watch the video for more information. Discover the features available to all users within the 'View Online' functionality, to help with collaboration and efficiencies.

Comparing standards                      

The Compare feature on i2i gives you the ability to instantly view the differences between two versions of a Standard. It allows you to significantly save time associated with comparing the differences between versions of Standards through a convenient side-by-side view.

Watchlists and Alerts                      

Discover how you can set up a personalised watchlist of documents, to receive alerts when they change.

Other databases and resources

Other standards databases                      


Access to ASTM Standards now available through ASTM Compass 

Access to IHS Workbench has been discontinued and access to ASTM standards is now available through the ASTM Compass platform.

If you have any questions please contact the Science, Engineering, and IT Library team.






Referencing and Citing

How to cite standards                      

There is no single correct way to cite standards. Most citation styles do not have a category for standards, so it is important to be consistent when citing standards. Before choosing a style, check with your lecturer to see if they have any guidelines or preferences.

Most standard citations include:

Citation information Example
Standard number (also known as code, designation, etc.)              E170 - 10
Standard title Standard Terminology Relating to Radiation Measurements and Dosimetry
Publisher ASTM
Version (if needed) -

Some standard citations include:

Citation information Example
Place of publication .       Conshohocken (PA)
DOI (if there is one) 10.1520/E0170-10
URL .   


Citation examples                      

The following examples are provided as a guide for how to cite standards. However, always check with your lecturer first to see if they have any guidelines or preferences.


Entry in reference list - Standards filed online
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of standard (Standard No. xxx). Name of provider or Agency. URL

Entry in reference list - Standards in print
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of standard (Standard No. xxx). Publisher.

Example - reference list
Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. (2020). Helmets for use on bicycles and wheeled recreational devices (AS/NZS 2063:2020). SAI Global.

Examples in text citations

This is evident in guidelines provided about scooters and tricycles (Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand, 2020).


Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand (2020) provide the following guidelines:

For more information refer to the library's guide on referencing ReCite:



(Source: IEEE Standards Style Manual)

Format: [Citation number] Title of standard, Standard number, Date

Example: [1] Letter Symbols for Quantities, ANSI Standard Y10.5-1968.



(Source: ASME Style Citation Guide)

Format: [Citation number] Year, Standard issuing body/Standard number: Title of Standard.

Example: [2] 2001, ASTM 905: Standard Test Method for Determining Thermal Performance of Tracking Concentrating Solar Collections.



Source (Referencing ASTM Standards)

Format: Standard issuing body/Standard number, Edition/version, "Title," Publisher, City, State or Province, Publication year, DOI, Publisher website.‚Äč

Example: ASTM Standard C33, 2003, "Specification for Concrete Aggregates," ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, DOI: 10.1520/C0033-03,


Chicago (recommended by ANSI)

Source: Chicago Manual of Style (section 14:249 on "Pamphlets and the Like") and OWL Purdue Writing Lab: General Citation

Format: Chicago does not mention how to cite standards explicitly, but they will be treated like a book, journal, or book series (depending on the situation and where it's published). Section 14:249 notes that "[d]ata on author and publisher may not fit the normal pattern, but sufficient information should be given to identify the document." Make sure you provide enough information that someone can track down the document later; namely, identify it as a standard, and provide the issuing agency/publication name, the standard number, and the standard title, and publication date (if not obvious from the standard number).



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