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About Technical Reports

General Description of Technical Reports

Technical reports are documents that generally contain results of research and development supported by government grants or contracts. They can also come from private and corporate sponsored research. Although they are not usually formally refereed, they are an important form of scientific and technical information and communication.They are published by noncommercial publishers and are usually part of a numbered series.

For a detailed description of technical report literature see Subramanyam, Krishna. Scientific and Technical Information Resources.

How to Identify a Technical Report

Several characteristics of most reports will help track down the location of a report. These include: personal author(s), corporate author(s), issuing agency, title, publication date, contract or grant number, report number(s), order or accession number, number of pages, releasing agency, and distribution limitations, if any. The report number is the most important identification feature of a report. Report numbers usually consist of alphanumeric characters that designate some or all of the following: originating or contracting agency, series, accession number, subject classifications, form, date, and security classification. Reports often are assigned more than one report number. e.g., ADA-88-1098: AD=Dept of Def; A=Unclassified, Unlimited; 88=1988; 1098=the 1098th in a series.

Technical Reports Databases

Note that some of these databases are entirely full text, others only index or abstract technical reports, and some are mix of full text and abstracts. 

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Other databases

Technical Reports held at UCLA (Print and Microfiche)

To find additional technical reports, please search in the UCLA Library Catalog by series title or individual report title or a combination of both.