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Here you will find useful tips, explanations and examples on how to use the different Beuth webshop functions.

  • You will find the search function on the Beuth homepage, right underneath the navigation bar. All products can be searched for using this main search function. This includes German, European and international documents, seminars, conferences and all publications. Your searches are carried out as “full text” searches, i.e. the whole document content is searched through, not just the title.
    An asterisk (*) can stand for one or more characters (letters or numbers) in your search term.
    For example, enter "machine*" to retrieve entries containing the words "machine", "machines", "machinery", etc.
    You can link several terms in your search using “operators” as follows:

    • use "and" or a space if BOTH terms must be included in an entry
    • use "or" or "|" if only ONE of the terms must be included in an entry
  • All types of product that include some or all of your search term will be displayed (standards, technical rules, handbooks, eBooks etc.)
    The search results provide an overview of the product info, including

    • document identifier
    • document number
    • publication date
    • short description of the product

    With a click on “Purchasing options”, the following information will be shown:

    • original language the document was published in
    • any other language versions
    • download price (only available through beuth.de, incl. VAT and excl. shipping costs and any reductions)
    • hard copy price (document will be posted; price incl. VAT and excl. shipping costs and any reductions)
    • expected delivery time if product is shipped
    • any relevant notes about the product, e.g. copyright issues

    Subscription customers (registered customers only) can choose at this stage whether to include the item in the subscription in future.

  • Above your initial search results you will options to refine your search. You will see the following filter options:

    • Content
    • Category
    • Publisher
    • Language
    • New editions

    Simply click on the desired filter to see your search results narrowed down. These filters should help to make your search as accurate and helpful as possible.


    The filters you select will be clearly indicated above your search results. You can remove each filter by clicking on the “x”. You can remove all filters by clicking on “Delete all”.

    Here is an overview of the filters and their functionality:

    Content

    • Documents: all standards and technical rules
    • International standards: standards and technical rules published outside Germany
    • German standards: standards and technical rules published within Germany
    • Publications: subject literature, software products, audio books, commentaries etc.
    • Seminars/conferenced: events organised by the DIN Academy
    • eBooks: electronic books published by Beuth Verlag
    • Online services: online services offered by Beuth Verlag
    • Apps: apps provided by Beuth Verlag
    • Informational material: service and product information

    Category
    This limits your search results to those within a subject area of Beuth Verlag’s publications (Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering etc.)

    Publisher
    This limits your search results to those published by a specific standards organization, such as DIN, ISO, BSI or AFNOR, for example. Articles also belong to more than one filterable area, i.e. a product can fall under both “publications” and “civil engineering”.

    Languages
    This limits your search results to the selected language versions of the search term entered.

    New editions

    • “New editions”: a document published within the last three months
    • “Pre-order”: articles that can be ordered prior to publication

    Please note:
    Filters are only shown if there are search results available for them.

  • Wild cards
    Wild cards (*, %, and ?) can only be used from the third character of a search term.

    Place holders (truncation)
    The truncation symbol (*) can stand for one or more characters (letters or numbers) in your search term. For example, enter "machine*" to retrieve entries containing the words "machine", "machines", "machinery", etc.
    The search function can search for a maximum of three different search terms, such as civil*, engineer*, structur*.

    You can link several terms in your search using “operators” as follows:

    • the “and” function: "AND" or a space:
      use "and" or a space if BOTH terms must be included in an entr
    • the “or” function: "OR" or the pipe symbol "|":
      use "or" or "|" if only ONE of the terms should be included in an entry
  • Can you not find the standard or technical rule you are looking for? It might be that it is no longer current.
    Hint:

    Try using the field “Check status of standard”. This will then show either a list of replacement documents or a comment that the document was withdrawn without replacement.

    FAQ01

    Use the 6th option, “Check status of standard”, under the drop-down menu to the left of the search window to check the current availability of a standard.
    Then select one of the new search options:

    • Document number: Search using the document identifier (e.g. “DIN EN”) and/or the standard number (e.g. 9001)
    • Publication date: This serves as an additional search criterion to help narrow down the search. Date format: YYYY-MM

    Example search term: "DIN 28054-2"
    The result this generates is “The document you are searching for has been withdrawn. The current replacement documents are shown.”
    The replacement document DIN EN 14879-2 is then displayed as an alternative result. 

  • Can you not find the standard you are searching for using the function “Check status of standard”  (to the left of the search window)? You can also use the “Withdrawn documents” area for your research, to locate and access such documents. You can find this to the left of the main search window.

    FAQ02

    Use the 5th option, “Withdrawn documents”, under the drop-down menu to the left of the search window to check the current availability of a standard.

    Once you have selected a more specific option, the following search fields then appear:

    • Document number: Search using the document designation (e.g. “DIN EN”) and/or the standard number
    • Publication date: Date format YYYY-MM

    Enter your search term (e.g. “DIN 1045”) into the field “Document number”. This will return all withdrawn versions of DIN 1045. Click on the document number itself (DIN 1045) to see which document is the current version.

    It is possible to gain access to withdrawn DIN and ISO standards, as well as to withdrawn VDI guidelines and DVS technical codes and bulletins.
    The majority of these documents can be ordered online as downloadable documents. Every page of these documents bears a watermark saying “Withdrawn”. And they can all also be acquired on paper.