NTIS (NCSU only) —
Most government sponsored research is indexed in this database. NCSU
Libraries owns copies of most of the reports you can find using this
index. Use the NTIS number (often beginning with a "PB" or
"AD" prefix) to locate microfiche copies of reports in the
Microforms Room. Print copies may be available for some reports—ask
a librarian for help.
— An internet portal to government information for all the
- National Academies
Press — this is a free, internet-available collection
of over 3,000 full text books on science and technology topics. Books
are also available for purchase.
- NTRS (NASA)—NASA
Technical Reports Server. Ask a reference librarian if you need help finding these reports in the NCSU Libraries.
They can be tricky to find, because they have a complicated publishing
history, with some reports available in print, some in microfiche, and
some fulltext via NTRS.
- NCSTRL —
Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library. A collaborative
project from NASA-Langley, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia
and Virginia Tech.
- DOE Information Bridge
Full text DOE research reports from 1995 forward.
- Energy Citations
Database) Citations to reports from 1948 to
today. Energy and energy-related scientific and technical information
from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the
Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic
Energy Commission (AEC).
- E-Print Network
- A gateway to over 16,100 Web sites and databases worldwide, offering
pre-publication drafts of journal articles (preprints), scholarly papers,
technical communications, or similar documents relaying research results
among peer groups.
- Energy Files
- Search distibuted databases simultaneously.
Math and Physics
- Public STINet
— Unclassified and public technical reposrts and standards and
specifications from the Department of Defense.
Research Information Services, from the Building and Fire Research Laboratory.
What Are Technical Reports?
Technical reports are reports of scientific research from government
agencies, research laboratories, and educational institutions. They are
sometimes called "gray literature" because they are typically unavailable
through commercial publishers.
Indexes for technical reports also often include citations for conference
papers, dissertations, and other materials published by agencies that
sponsor research. Frequently, technical reports are part of a series,
so the titles of individual reports are not listed in the library's catalog
-- only the series is listed. You may need to use indexes, such
as those listed above, to get report numbers or series information.
Then a librarian can help you locate the reports in the NCSU Libraries.