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Top tip — browsing in BSOL

If you are unsure of the standard number that you are looking for, but know what subject it relates to you can use the Browse function in BSOL to help you find what you are looking for.

To access the Browse function in BSOL you need to click on the Browse tab once you are logged in:


From here you can search by Subject or by Module:

Browsing by Subject in BSOL uses the International Classification of Standards (ICS) codes to categorise standards by subject. On this page you can see a full listing of all the ICS codes within BSOL.

If you click on any of the arrows pointing to the right next to the codes you will then see that the list expands to provide you with further sub-categories of ICS codes below the main heading level. You can also collapse that list to just see the top heading level.

By expanding the list you can drill down to lower levels. Clicking on the lowest level will give you the narrowest set of results and a smaller results set.

Subject matter experts have grouped together the standards in BSOL into modules to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. Browsing by Module in BSOL gives you access to browse the content of all BSOL modules (irrespective of if they are in your subscription):

Clicking on any of these links will take you through to a search results set that shows you all of the standards that sit within that module.

Browse is a useful function in BSOL that can help you to find standards within certain subject areas if you are unsure of the standard number and want to get a broader set of results from the outset and then drill down.

If you have any queries about how to use BSOL please contact our Online Support team at  +44 (0) 20 8996 7555 or at

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