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Technical Reports: About Technical Reports

How to find Technical Reports

What is a technical report?

Technical reports:

  • Are written to convey new developments or final results of scientific and technical research.
  • Are usually funded by government departments or corporate bodies.
  • Deliver technical information to the funding organization.
  • Provide a forum for peer information exchange.
  • Are not easy to find; Ask Us! if you need assistance with technical reports.

Where can I find technical reports?

Technical reports may be found online in full text, but many are still available only in print or on microfiche. They can be tricky to track down.

Check these first. If the full text is not available, use the complete citation and request the report via the Library Storage Annex (LSA).

  • Barton, MIT Libraries online catalog
    Tip: Search Barton by the author or title of the technical report you need.
  • Energy Citations Database
    Database of citations to energy related research, largely from DOE, its predecessors, and others,1948 to date.
  • NASA Technical Reports
  • NTIS (National Technical Information Service)
    Database for locating U.S. government-sponsored research reports & studies. 1899 - present. Connects via Engineering Village [MIT only]
  • DOE Information Bridge
    Database with access to free, full text documents and reports on a broad range of topics, sponsored by the Department of Energy, roughly 1994 to date.
  • INIS: International Nuclear Information System
    Database covering the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.
  • TRAIL: Technical Report Archive & Image Library
    "A collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975." Contains reports from: U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (with several sub-series); U.S. Bureau of Mines; U.S. Department of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards. Some reports are full text, others are citations only. Searchable database with a Browse option.

See also:

How can I get a technical report that is NOT at the MIT Libraries?

After you've checked the sources listed above, try these:

Online Technical Reports at MIT

Many labs at MIT produce technical reports online:

Subject Experts

Christine Sherratt

Librarian for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Energy & Environment, & Nuclear Science & Engineering