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How to Find Technical Reports, Standards and Specifications

  I.                      Technical Reports



Technical Reports are reports generally published by agencies or companies. Technical Reports are usually classified by agency/organization and then a number,  for example:  NASA-CR-2003. Falling under this category are also Technical Papers, Technical Notes, and Technical Memorandums.


Title: Unmanned aerial vehicles: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes.
Author, Corporate: General Accounting Office
Date: 30 AUG 1999
Report No: GAO/NSIAD-99-33
AD Number: ADA367307


DTIC (The Defense Technical Information Center)
Many technical reports in the defense community  are published by  DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center). Notice the above citation also  includes an "AD NUMBER". DTIC Reports have their own document number, and  begin with AD0, ADA, ADB, ADP or ADC, followed by digits.  

DTIC has two databases,  a  Public Search  and DTIC R&E Gateway. The DTIC Public Search indexes all unclassified and unlimited information. R&E Gateway indexes unclassified unlimited AND limited information, with some unclassified citations to classified information.  This database requires registration (DOD Personnel ONLY).


Technical Reports are indexed in several locations, including  many of our  databases, but here are some central  sources. Some will offer the full-text of  the reports.  

DTIC Public Search 

Tech reports &theses published by the defense community.

NASA Tech Reports Server   

Tech reports and papers published by NASA.

AIAA Technical Meeting Papers  **

Tech papers published by the AIAA.

AFIT/AFRL Library Catalog 

Hardcopy tech papers and reports.

DOE Information Bridge 

R &D Reports from the Dept. of Energy


NATO’s AGARD and other technical groups

** AIAA Conference papers are provided by AFRL Library, to authorized AFIT users at AFIT IP computers.



Not all tech reports are indexed in our catalog. Check with a reference librarian for assistance and follow these tips:

·                Always double-check by physically browsing the  tech reports collection on 2nd floor. Technical Reports are arranged alphabetically by agency.

·                A large collection of technical reports are also available in microfiche. This includes older NASA, AIAA papers and many other agencies. The fiche is located in the microforms room on the 1st floor.


The Technical Reports Center (formerly called the Library Secure Collection or the Reports Vault) is in Bldg 196, Room 1, on Monahan Way. It contains the current and archived technical reports produced at Wright-Patterson beginning with the earliest documented research. Ask a reference librarian for assistance in obtaining reports from the center.


If a technical report is not available from the library or the Technical Reports Center there are other options available for obtaining the report.


For Technical Reports in DTIC

·                The library has an account with DTIC. The library will order copies of DTIC Reports which are:  NOT available full-text  via the DTIC web site,  NOT located in our microfiche collection, or are located within our microfiche collection  but are  OVER 50 pages. (AFIT Students, Faculty, and  Staff only).

·                To order a DTIC document, Click on the Library Request Forms from the library homepage then select DTIC Document Request Form. Fill out the required information. One of our technicians will process the request and email you when the document arrives. Most reports arrive in 7-10 days.


For other reports

·                Use our interlibrary loan department for assistance in locating reports that are not available in the library or through DTIC. Our interlibrary loan technician will check to see if the report is available at another library for you.

·                To place a request, click on the link to  Interlibrary Loan Requests  from the library homepage.  Log in to ILLIAD  and fill out the required information. A technician will process the request and email you when it arrives. Most reports arrive in 7-10 days.




II.                Standards and Specifications


Full-text databases:

Other sources: (Must order standards from these sites)

**We may own some Standards/Specs in print. Please check our library catalog.

**The Library does not own technical orders.  An index of Air Force technical orders (TO’s) is available through the Air Force Portal.  Once logged in, Search for ETIMS.  This database is only an index of the TO documents.  Special need-to-know procedures limit access to the actual full-text of any TO.





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