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Technical Reports

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The major repository of technical reports at the Library of Congress is the Technical Reports and Standards (TRS) unit in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Along with the millions of government-issued documents, TRS also houses a large number of technical reports distributed by foreign governments, universities and research institutes as well as a number of major international organizations. These reports are not cataloged since they are typically fully described by various government or commercial abstracting and indexing services (National Technical Information Service - NTIS, for example).

Another 1.5 million or so technical reports have been cataloged and are part of the Library's general collections. Examples of these include the papers, notes, reports, and memoranda of the RAND Corporation, the reports of NATO's Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD) and its successor organization, the Research and Technology Organization (RTO), the various document series of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As a general rule, cataloged technical report series kept in the general collections are not duplicated in TRS. These cataloged technical reports series may be found through the Library's online catalog. If a report cannot be found by author and/or title, the catalog should be searched for the series entry. These titles are available in hardcopy, microform, digital media or as online databases.

Consult the Library's Databases and Electronic Resources pages or the following print & microform indexes in the Science Reading Room (SCI RR), the general collections, & the Microform Reading Room to identify individual reports:

Bibliography of Technical Reports / U. S. Government research & development reports.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Office of Technical Services (OTS), 1946-1963
LC Call Number: Z7916.B47 (Sci RR)
LC Call Number: Microfilm 01755
Provides subject access and abstracts of historical PB documents.

PB card catalog.
Card file providing citation information for the first 160,000 PB documents. The catalog is in PB sequence order and does not provide cross references by author, subject or title. Located in TRS.

Index to PB reports listed in U.S. Government Research Reports.
Jan. 1953 - Sept. 1954
LC Call Number: Z7916.B473 (SCI RR)

PB-AD reports Index
Technical Information Service, 1946-1967.
LC Call Number: Z7916.B475
One of many such indexes that cross reference PB, AD, FIAT and other report numbers (many government reports in the immediate post war period were issued with duplicative numbering).

Bibliography of Scientific and Industrial Reports.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Office of Technical Services (OTS), 1946-1949.
LC Call Number: Microfilm 01755

Government reports announcements & index.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, 1975-1996.
LC Call Number: Z7916 .G78

Government reports announcements.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 1971-1975.
LC Call Number: Z7916 .B47

Government reports index.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 1971-1974.
LC Call Number: Z7405.R4 U513

United States Government Research & Development Reports.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 1969-1971.
LC Call Number: Z7405.R4 U513

United States Government Research Reports (USGRR).
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information (CFSTI), 1965-1969.
LC Call Number: Z7916.B4715 (SCI RR)

United States Government Research Reports (USGRR).
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Office of Technical Services (OTS), 1954-1964.
LC Call Number: Microfilm 01755

Classified list of OTS printed reports.
Office of Technical Services (OTS), Reports Division, October 1947. (PB 81500)
LC Call Number: Z7916.U48 (SCI RR)
Catalogs 1,800 reports on German technology.

OSRD reports.
Bibliography and index of declassified reports having OSRD numbers. Office of Technical Services, Bibliographic and Reference Division, June 1947. (PB 78000)
LC Call Number: Z7916.U5 (SCI RR)
Includes all Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) reports which have OSRD numbers.

OSRD card catalog / Summary Technical Report of the National Defense Research Committee.
Card catalog compiled by Library of Congress staff covering the first 9 Divisions of OSRD - provides limited author, title and source information. The Summary Technical Report consists of 70 volumes of selected research reports organized by Division / Panel. Both located in TRS.

OSRD Microfilm Index and Master Subject Index to the Summary Technical Report of NDRC.
Indexes to the technical laboratories and field reports and other reference materials produced by the NDRC / OSRD between 1940 and 1947. Both located in TRS.

B.I.O.S. Technical Index of Reports on German Industry.
British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee, 1946
LC Call Number: Z7915 G7G7
Alphabetical subject index to CIOS, BIOS, FIAT and JIOA reports.

United States Strategic Bombing Survey Index.
June, 1947
LC Call Number: D785. U64

United States Government Technical Oil Mission Index.
LC Call Number: Z6972.U6

Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).
Issued by the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O
LC Call Number: Z1223 .A18

National Union Catalog.
LC Call Number: Z881.A1 U3742

Energy research abstracts. Technical Information Center, U.S. Dept. of Energy. 1977-1995.
LC Call Number: Z5853.P83 U544b

INIS atomindex. Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency, 1970-1997.
LC Call Number: Z7144.N8 I18

Nuclear science abstracts. United States Atomic Energy Commission. Oak Ridge, Tenn.: Oak Ridge Directed Operations, Technical Information Division, 1948-1976.
LC Call Number: QC770 .U64

Scientific and technical aerospace reports. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Washington, D.C. : NASA, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, 1963-1995.
LC Call Number: TL500 .S35

Dictionary of report series codes. 2nd ed.
Special Libraries Assoc., 1973
LC Call Number: Z6945.A2 D5 1973 (SCI RR)
Alphabetic lists of report series codes with related agencies & corporate entries with related codes; sources of report series codes, suggestions on other sources, reference notes.

Report series codes dictionary. 3rd ed.
Dictionary of report series codes.
LC Call Number: Z6945.A2 R45 1986 (SCI RR)
Alphabetic list of report codes & agency names. Alphabetic list of report series codes by corporate author.

Report series code holdings.
LC Call Number: Z6945.A2 D5 1973 (SCI RR)
Companion to dictionary of report series codes.

Hardcopy reports found in the general collections can be requested in any of the public reading rooms in the Jefferson and Adams Buildings. Reports published in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean must be requested in the Asian Reading Room. Reports published by the U.S. Government Printing Office and distributed as part of the federal document depository collection, as well as documents published by the General Accounting Office, are available for use in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room in the Madison Building (LM 133).

The Microform Reading Room in the Jefferson Building has a set of ERIC documents on microfiche, plus microform copies of some minor record groups. It also maintains a collection of U.S. doctoral dissertations on microform, published by UMI.


Standards can be found in hard copy either in TRS, the Law Library (OSHA standards or some building codes for example), or searching the Library's online catalog for materials in the general collections. Indexes to Standards are also available in the Library's online databases. Print indexes include:

Government / Military Standards and Specifications Service.
Information Handling Services (IHS), 1999.
Index to milspecs on microfilm held in TRS.

Index of Specification and Standards.
United States. Dept. of Defense. Standardization Division.
LC Call Number: UC263.A37326

United States. Department of Defense. Standardization Division.
LC Call Number: UC263 .A3733

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  • the best sources available for the identification of pertinent references.
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  • the location of photocopiers and photocopy card machines.
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