Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Research: Technical Reports
Databases & Collections
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:
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
NASA issues numerous reports dealing not only with aeronautics and space, but with aerospace-related aspects of earth resources, energy, the environment, and medicine. The NASA Technical Reports Server provides access to these reports; many are available to download in PDF formats.
- Dept. of Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Technical Reports
Publicly available, unclassified technical reports published since 1974.
- Dept. of Energy SciTech Connect
Citations plus selected full text to technical reports on energy-related research.
- 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
- Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)
Cover all aspects of homeland security and emergency management from terrorist threats through natural disasters. More info
- 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 (e.g., NASA, DOE, DoD, etc.) and browse/search the site.
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