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CNST249: Using National Building Code & CSA: About Standards and Codes

This guide will assist students in navigating the CSA and NBC databases in order to complete their assignments.

Citing & Writing

The Library maintains basic guidelines for the IEEE Citation style which has a specific citation format for standards and codes:

  Template Example
Reference list entry

[#] Title of Standard, Standard number, Corporate Author, City, Abbreviated State, Country, Abbreviated Month. Year. [Online]. Available: internet address

[1] Canadian Electrical Code, Part I Safety Standard for Electrical Installations, CSA C22.1:21, Canadian Standards Association, Toronto, Canada, Jan. 2021. [Online]. Available: 

Note: Omit the date if it is part of the title of the Standard or Code.

Many of our databases and e-book providers will also give you formatted citations in the style of your choice. These citations are not always perfect, however, and should be checked against a guide or with your instructor.

Note: Always check with your instructors about their preferred citation style and other assignment criteria.

Need Access other Standards and Codes?

CSA and NBC are just two of the many standards and codes you can access through the Library.  Other standards include:

  • ASTM Compass
  • ASME
  • ISO
  • IEEE
  • CCOHS (Occupational Health & Safety)
  • National Fire Codes

For a complete list, please visit the Library's Standards and Codes guide.

Contact your librarian

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Jessica Norman
Reg Erhardt Library
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ph: 403-210-4073
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