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Science and engineering technical reports

Last Updated: 30-Jul-2014

A listing of selected online resources to assist in locating technical reports, preferable in full text formats. Technical reports describe the progress or results of research and development. They usually fall into two categories: government sponsored or privately funded. 

Either category may include reports produced by university departments, institutes, industry, or government agencies and laboratories. Publication and dissemination of technical reports has generally NOT been centrally coordinated which makes them particularly difficult to identify and locate.

Subject Librarians

Kathleen Gust
Engineering Librarian for Outreach Instruction and Electronic Resources
(650) 723-8877


Find technical reports using subscription indexes

The Libraries sponsor three particularly useful subscription databases to help with finding reports.

Bethesda, MD : Cambridge Scientific Abstracts,
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)

Index to basic and applied research in aeronautics, astronautics, and space sciences, and also covers technology development and applications in supporting fields. Reports by NASA, other U.S. government agencies, international institutions, universities, and private firms may be found. 1962 to present.

Springfield, Va. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Technical Information Service,
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)

This resource for finding research sponsored by the U.S. and select foreign governments also includes full-text access to many of the documents. 1964 to present.

Seattle, Wa. : University of Washington Libraries, 2010-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)

Access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.

Find technical reports owned by Stanford

Technical reports on the internet

Multi-search technical reports sites