Google Patents is a great beginner tool for patent searching. It has coverage of international collections and uses the same semantic search technology as the Google web search engine, meaning it often brings back highly relevant results on the first page. It also has excellent citation searching functionality. However, it is less useful for systematic searches.
A free, powerful search engine. Search patents from over 100 countries as well as scholarly works. It takes a little longer to learn than Google Patents, but supports methodical, systematic patent searching.
Standards provide industries and innovators with a common language that facilitates trade, simplifies transactions and enables people to work together toward greater common goals that cut across disciplines and borders. Standards.gov is administered by the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at NIST. This site provides: information about the use of documentary standards in the Federal government; background materials and resources on the standards landscape that are useful for industry and academia; and
useful standards and conformity assessment information freely available to the general public.
ANSI's outreach program educates and advises faculty about standards in the classroom and in curriculum. Through this program, faculty and students can get complimentary access to a defined group of ISO or IEC standards for the duration of a course.
Incorporation by reference (IBR) allows Federal agencies to comply with the requirement to publish rules in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by referring to materials already published elsewhere. This ANSI portal provides free access to select read-only, full-text standards incorporated by reference in U.S. federal regulations.