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- technical reports are usually not peer reviewed unless the report is separately published as journal literature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
Quoted from Georgia Tech Library’s Technical Reports Guide
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: