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How to Cite Standards

To cite a standard you will need the following basic information:

  • the organization that issued the standard
  • the year the standard was issued
  • the title of the standard
  • the standard number/identifier
  • the source of information/url if provided

APA Style Standard Citation

The reference format of an APA citation for a standard is as follows:

Standard Organization. (Year). Standard title (Standard No. 123). Standard source.

In a reference list this would appear as:

International Organization for Standardization. (2013). Codes for the standardization of names of countries and their subdivisions (ISO 3166-1). Retrieved from https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:3166:-1:ed-3:v1:en,fr.

An in-text citation for this patent would appear as:

 ISO (2013). 
( ISO, 2013). 

Chicago Manual of Style Standard Citation

The reference format of a Chicago Style citation for a standard is as follows:

Standard title, Standard organization and number. (Publication city, state: Standard organization, date of issue). Source of information if provided.

This would appear as:

Codes for the standardization of names and countries and their subdivisions. ISO-3166-1. (Geneva: International Organization of Standardization, 2013). Retrieved from https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:3166:-1:ed-3:v1:en,fr. 

IEEE Style Standard Citation

The reference format of a IEEE citation for a standard is as follows:

[#] Title of standard, Standard organization and number, date.

This would appear as:

[1] Codes for the standardization of names of countries and their subdivisions, ISO 3166-1, 2013.