It may be easy to keep up with standards and specifications that you use often, but how about those that are new to you or that you don’t routinely use? Older books or articles may cite a standard that has a more recent edition. A quick and easy way to verify the most recent edition of a standard, specification, or code is to search one of the third-party standards vendors such as TechStreet.com or IHSMarkit.com.
TechStreet.com is a for-profit subsidiary of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and its database of standards includes standards from over 150 publishers including ASCE, ASTM, ACI, ICC, IEEE, AASHTO, TMS, NFPA, ISO, and more. A search for a standard will bring up the most recent edition with links to any Historical Editions sold on its platform.
IHS Markit Standards Store carries content from over 500 different Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs). IHS Markit is based in Europe and has a wide range of international standards organizations. A search in IHS Markit clearly marks which documents are active or not active and if a standard has been superseded, it links directly to the most current edition.
Both TechStreet and IHSMarkit can be found on the PCA Library A to Z list (filter to Subject: STANDARDS) along with other resources for purchasing standards.