What is a Technical Report?
“A technical report is a document written by a researcher detailing the results of a project and submitted to the sponsor of that project.”
They tend to possess the following characteristics:
- technical reports may be published before the corresponding journal literature
- content may be more detailed than the corresponding journal literature, although there may be less background information since the sponsor already knows it
- technical reports are usually not peer reviewed unless the report is separately published as journal literature
- classified and export controlled reports have restricted access.
- obscure acronyms and codes are frequently used
Finding Technical Reports
For our print technical reports, visit our catalog.
For online Technical Report sources, check these databases:
- Defense Technical Information Center
- Department of Energy Office of Scientific & Technical Information
- NASA Technical Reports Server
- National Technical Reports Library
- Institute of Education Sciences
- Transportation Research Board
- National Service Center for Environmental Publications
- Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL)
For other finding aids that include technical reports, try these sources: