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).
WHERE TO FIND TECHNICAL REPORTS
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.
Tech reports &theses published by the defense community.
Tech reports and papers published by NASA.
Tech papers published by the AIAA.
Hardcopy tech papers and reports.
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.
OLDER AND CLASSIFIED REPORTS
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.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN and DTIC ORDERS
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
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.