This guide offers information about technical reports available in microfiche format at the UC San Diego Library, resources for locating UC-produced technical reports, and links to major collections of online technical reports.
Technical reports are scientific and technical publications, written by and for experts in a specific discipline. Such reports are usually the result of federally-sponsored research, but they are also produced by governments at all levels, academic institutions, and other organizations. Some of the major federal agencies include the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC/NUREG).
Citations to technical reports will generally include a report number, which is very helpful for locating a copy of the report. Report numbers may include several pieces of information, such as:
There are several sources that can help identify technical report numbers, including:
Criss-cross directory of NASA "N" numbers and DOD "AD" numbers
How to get it: a guide to defense-related information sources (1988 ed.)
Report codes used by the USAEC [U.S. Atomic Energy Commission] in cataloging reports - online via HathiTrust
The Library of Congress' Technical Reports & Standards page offers background information about technical reports in general and the Library's collections more specifically.
It also includes links to several online collections; note that some are identified as "on-site access only", meaning they are available only within the Library of Congress. However, the UCSD Library also subscribes to some of these resources.