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Searching for US Military Standards

:: I received a request from a graduate student in materials engineering, who is looking for a number of reports and standards, including these two MIL-STD's: MIL-STD 202 Method 208, and MIL-STD 883 Method 2003. I did a Google search, and found the weibull site, which provides links to the full-text of military handbooks and standards related to reliability.

Next, I sent an e-mail to the ELDNET-L and SLA-ENG discussion lists, asking for help. The response was amazing, as 33 librarians responded to my request for assistance, proving once again that these two discussion groups rock! :-)

The following sites were indentified as the major sources for military handbooks and standards:

  1. ASSIST Quick Search - "provides direct access to Defense and Federal specifications and standards available in the official DoD repository, the ASSIST database." ASSIST is the Acquisition Streamlining and Standardization Information System. The site stipulates that you must register for free access to the database. However, I did some searches using the Quick Search feature, and obtained documents without any problems.
  2. DODISS: DoD Index of Specs & Standards - via Public STINET (Scientific & Technical Information Network, from the Defense Technical Information Center: provides a fielded search engine, with full-text documents available for downloading. Some specifications and standards cancelled before 1986 may not be available. If you click through the STINET site, check DoD Index of Specs & Standards (DODISS) and uncheck the other databases. The fielded search is the most flexible. (Thanks, Charlotte!)
  3. Index of DSCC Mil Specs & Drawings - Defense Supply Center Columbus: this site provides links to documents managed at the DSCC, including US federal standards, handbooks, military standards and specifications. Also features a search engine.
Other links that direct users to some of the above sites include Online Documents (Specs & Standards on the Web), from the Defense Standardization Program, and the Find a Document page from the Defense Technical Information Center.

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