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IHS Standards Expert

IHS Standards Expert is the world's largest collection of engineering standards and related documents. Access to IHS Standards Expert is possible if you are logged in to Case network (Ethernet cable, CaseWireless, or VPN) and have your own IHS account.

Using the intuitive IHS search engine, standards can directly be ordered by the user.  All orders need to be approved by  a librarian before standards can be purchased.  Once the purchase is approved you will receive additional instructions on how to access the standard. Standards are available in electronic and/or print format. When electronic format is selected, the standard will be instantly available. A standard is available for download for 5 Business Days only so please make sure you download it or print it right away. 

If the print format is selected, the standard will be delivered to the library first.                         

Please remember to read the license agreement and follow it! KSL is not responsible for any License infringement.

  • you’re entitled to maintain an electronic copy on a standalone computer
  • electronic copy of a standard cannot be posted or shared by email 
  • you are entitled to a printed copy as backup
  • you can hand out your printed copy to another person in your group, but no multiple copies are allowed 
DO NOT ORDER IEEE STANDARDS - Access to IEEE Standards is available through IEEE Xplore.

First-time users of IHS should review the information below before proceeding. If you are familiar with IHS, then click the link bellow to proceed.

How to order standards using IHS Standards Expert

  • Create a free account. The system requires to supply a billing & shipping address.  However, all ordered standards are billed against KSL account and, if ordered in print, are sent to KSL not your address.

 If you have previously registered, the link should take you directly to your account. 


  • On the next screen select "IHS Standards Expert" link. 

  • On the next screen select "Continue to Legacy IHS Standards Expert." This will take to the search screen.

  • Search for standards using the search boxes in the left column. Standards can be searched by standards number, publishing organization, or keywords. 



  • View the details of the standard of interest.


  • Select the format you want to order and click on the shopping cart


  • verify the standard is listed in the shopping cart and click on the Checkout button. 


  • read end-user license agreement and click on the Accept button. 


  • confirm payment and click Continue checkout button.

  Do not worry: even though your address is shown as the billing address, you are not going to be charged.


  • confirm your order by clicking on the Submit order button


  • There are two ways to access the standards you've just ordered:
    • click on the My Orders link
    • click on the My order tab

Click on the title of the standard to access it. The full text of a standard can be forward to a group member but, by doing so, one loses the right to access it

If you close the invoice page, you can still access the list of ordered standards by clicking on Shopping Cart link in the righ top corner on the IHS Standards Expert page.


Daniela Solomon
Kelvin Smith Library Room 201-L
Phone 216-368-8790

Research Services Librarian for Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering