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How to find technical reports
Technical reports can be tricky. Follow these steps to try to track down a technical report.
- Check the "Online and full text technical reports" list (see below) to see if a PDF is online or find more information.
- Search Barton for the title or authors of the report to see if it's in the MIT Libraries collections.
- Fill out the Library Storage Annex (LSA) Request form. Many technical reports are not cataloged. LSA staff will let you know if we have the report in print, microfiche, microfilm or other formats. It will be delivered to campus.
- If the report is not found in the LSA, the LSA staff will forward the request to librarians in the Engineering & Science Libraries. The librarians will investigate further and notify you with more information or further instructions.
Online and full text technical reports
Links below are for technical report citations and some online PDFs .
Replaces the SciTech Connect database, gateway to decades of DOE technical reports and other publications. Pull down and use the Advanced Search.
Primary resource for locating U.S. government-sponsored research reports & studies. Citations only, no full text.
National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)
Contains PDFs of many reports. For better search capabilities, try NTIS.
Advanced Technologies and Aerospace Collection
Great source for tracking technical report and article citations in aerospace and many related fields, including historical reports.
NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS)
Abstracts and full text reports of NASA and NACA, 1915-present
NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
Hosted at the University of North Texas Digital Library
TRAIL: Technical Report Archive & Image Library
Includes U.S. Atomic Energy Commissions (AEC), U.S. Bureau of Mines, U.S. Dept of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards. Most reports prior to 1975.
David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center Reports
Selected reports from DTNSRDC series C, R, & Trans.
See the Technical Report series code list (below) for more reports in microfiche.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NUREG)
Some are available in Barton
. Try a "Title Begins with" search for the series number.
DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) Technical Reports Database
Searchable database of public/unclassified reports published since 1974. Some full text.
Resources for locating technical reports
Use the resources below to help track down technical reports by number or find corresponding report numbers that may aid in locating the report.
These sources might help locate older reports:
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