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Technical Information: Technical Reports

Key collections including Patents, Standards, Science & Engineering Data, Conferences and Technical Reports.

Why use Technical Reports?

Technical reports can be useful in engineering, they can be more detailed than a journal article though are not usually peer reviewed. Conferences can be published in Technical Report series.

We have good collections from NASA (mostly online) and the European Space Agency (print and CD).

Key Databases

Key Online Technical Report Collections

Support for Technical Information

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Understanding a Technical Report Reference

A correctly formatted reference will tell you exactly where to find the full report:

Estlin, T. (2006). Plan Execution Interchange Language (PLEXIL), NASA/TM-2006-213483. Moffett Field, CA: NASA Ames Research Center. 

This article was written by T. Estlin, and the report's title is "Plan Execution Interchange Language (PLEXIL)". It was published in 2006 in the by the NASA Ames Research Cente in Moffett Field, CA. The report number is NASA/TM-2006-213483.

How Do I Know If You Have It?

Found a good technical report? Now you need to know whether you can get hold of it?

Search Library Search for the report series / organisation.

  • For NASA / NACA items try their technical report server first
  • Searching for the Report title sometimes works depending on how they are catalogued

Not Available?

If we don't have the conference (paper) or technical report you need it's worth a searching Google to see if there's a free/open access version somewhere.

If not you can request it via our Inter-Library Loans service.

Key Series in the Library

The majority of the collection is at Hartley Library (Reports T, Level 1), with some holdings at other sites.

Since 2009 individual reports are consistently on Library Search, prior to this there is only a record for the series as a whole.