Environmental Engineering Research: Technical Reports
Collections and Databases
Technical reports describe the progress and/or results of research usually performed under contract to an agency of the federal government, such as NASA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, etc. These reports are often more detailed than articles in the peer-reviewed journal literature. They may be hundreds of pages long and may include supporting materials that never make it into journal publications, such as data sets or programming code. In addition, researchers in the private sector may not have any incentive to publish the results of contracted research in a peer-reviewed journal, as academic researchers do, and so the technical report they write for their funding agency may represent the first, and only, place that a particular piece of research is published.
To explore the technical report literature, use the following databases:
- NTIS (National Technical Information Service)
Leads to reports written by individual researchers and agencies under contract to the federal government covering research in all areas of technology and the physical and life sciences.More Info
- EPA Reports
Full-text of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents via EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP).
- SciTech Connect
Citations plus selected full text to technical reports on energy-related research.
- Dept. of Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Technical Reports
Publicly available, unclassified technical reports published since 1974.
Use Google or another Internet search engine to find the report either by title, author, or report number;
- Go to the sponsoring agency's website and browse/search the site.
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