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Mechanical Engineering

Technical Reports

What is a Technical Report?

technical report is a document that describes the process, progress, or results of technical or scientific research or the state of a technical or scientific research problem.  They are prepared for internal or wider distribution by many organizations.  Technical reports often present cutting edge research before being published in journals or conferences.

Regulations and Standards

What are standards?

Standards are published documents created to ensure the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services.  They establish requirements, specifications, guidelines, characteristics, and/or procedures designed. Typically, they are developed through a consensus process and approved by various national and international agencies, professional societies, or industry organizations. Standards are the minimally accepted professional practice and/or quality that must be observed.

The EWU libraries may not have access to the standards that you need. However, what I suggest is that you use the WorldCat Catalog once you find your standard and then place an Interlibrary Loan request for it. Or you may contact me directly and I can see what I can do to get you access. 

What are Regulations and Codes?

A regulation is a type of standard that has been mandated by law. Regulations specify legally obligated requirements that must be met under specific laws and implement general agency objectives. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations are an example of this type of standard.