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Technical reports are publications written to present the results of research or projects performed under contract with a government agency or a corporate body. Technical reports most commonly encountered by students are from agencies such as NASA or the Department of Energy.
Technical reports are sometimes described as "gray (or grey) literature." Gray literature is a term used to describe publications that fall outside the mainstream publication areas such as journals and books.
Examples of gray literature are reports, white papers, preprints, reprints, leaflets, pamphlets, manuals, etc. Descriptions of gray literature sometimes include other publications such as patents, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations.
It can be challenging to locate reports and other gray literature. The resources listed in this guide will help you find technical reports. Don't hesitate to ask a librarian if you can't find the report or document you need.