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Technical Reports: Search for Technical Reports

This guide will talk about the different kinds of technical reports, why you might use them and how to find them.

Searching for Technical Reports

The vast majority of technical reports at the Engineering Library are in microfiche format. They are filed in cabinets on the 3rd floor of the Engineering  Library. More and more reports are being scanned and made freely available online. We also have a small number in print in the Library.

The reports in microfiche format at the UW Libraries are filed by their technical report number. The report number is normally included in any citation information you find for the report. For example, if you have found it cited in a colleagues' journal article, another technical report or in one of the indexing databases, such as NTIS or Compendex.

If you are looking for a report on a particular topic and would like help, please ask a reference librarian or click on ASK US at the top of this page to email or chat with a librarian.

You can also click on the tabs above for more information about finding the most common types of technical reports.

This guide covers how to find:

What are Technical Reports?

The primary function of a technical report is usually to give an official statement of research findings to sponsors or employers, such as the federal government. When the government performs or sponsors research, they may require as a part of the contract that reports of the research be published as a way to maintain public disclosure.

Help Finding Government Reports

The UW Libraries Government Publications Department also has resources for finding technical reports. Visit Government Publications on the ground floor of Suzzallo Library.

Need help now? Click "askus" at the top of the page to be connected to an online librarian.