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Technical Reports

Finding Technical Reports

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From Interdisciplinary Repositories

  • National Technical Reports Library (National Technical Information Service) - The National Technical Information Service acquires, indexes, abstracts, and archives the largest collection of U.S. government-sponsored technical reports in existence.

  • - searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results

  • Technical Report Archive & Imagine Library (Center for Research Libraries) - A collaborative effort by research libraries to identify, digitize, share and preserve technical reports.

  • Technical Reports & Standards Collection Guide (Library of Congress) - The TRS unit of the Library of Congress holds over 5 million current and historical technical reports and standards on microform, digital media and paper.

  • (U.S. Dept. of Energy and International Council of Scientific and Technical Information) - A global gateway to publicly availabe scientific literature, including technical reports. A good place to start for locating foreign tech reports.

What are Tech Reports?

Technical reports usually originate in federal government agencies, but may also come from academic institutions, state or foreign governments, and private firms and organizations. They contain results of research carried out in government labs or on government contracts or, in the case of private companies, for in-house, proprietary use. They are often cited in the literature using obscure report numbering systems or vague and incomplete references, and they can be quite difficult to verify and obtain.  In past decades some libraries participated in large microfiche depository programs run by DOE and NTIS, but these were phased out after the 1990s.  While thousands of legacy federal agency reports have been digitized in recent years by various parties, many older and non-federal reports that are held in libraries exist only in paper or microform, often with little or no cataloging or inventory.  Many more have likely vanished altogether.  Consult a librarian for assistance.

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