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Finding Technical Reports

What are Technical Reports?

The main objective of a technical report is to quickly document new technical methods and research findings. You may have searched for scientific research articles in the past but it is important to know that there are major differences between scientific research articles and technical reports. Some of the main differences have been listed below.

  • Technical reports are not limited by length
  • Technical reports may be produced whether or not the intervention was successful
  • Technical reports can be produced and distributed quicker than peer-reviewed scientific research articles

For a more detailed examination of differences between a scientific research article and a technical report please consult the US Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information's guide for understanding technical reports.

Resources for Finding Technical Reports

National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)- From the U.S. Department of Commerce. You will need to sign up for a public account to access full-text materials.

SciTech Connect- From the United States Department of Energy. For best results, sign up for a free account and use the Advanced Search. 1943 - present.

NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS)- Abstracts and full text reports of NASA and NACA, 1915-present.

TRAIL: Technical Report Archive & Image Library- Archived digital library of Technical Reports produced prior to 1976. Includes U.S. Atomic Energy Commissions (AEC), U.S. Bureau of Mines, U.S. Dept of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards.

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