Technical reports provide scientific and technical information. They are most commonly generated by U.S. government agencies, corporations, and universities.
Use a technical report:
often scholars or scientists, engineers, government contractors, or technical personnel.
always cited with references and/or footnotes.
long and often have sections such as abstract and appendixes. Often includes tables, images and charts.
no ads, and only sometimes have color graphics.
Example print technical reports reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:
National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS Publication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, D.C: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Example electronic technical reports reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:
Irish, J. and Signell, R. (1992). Tides of Massachusetts and Cape Cod bays (WHOI-92-35). Woods Hole, MA: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved from http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/ADA264790