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.
Although technical reports are frequently cited in the engineering literature and may be indexed in some databases, they can be difficult to verify and obtain. Contact the library if you need help locating a report.
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). U.S. Government Printing Office.
Example electronic technical reports reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:
Irish, J., & Signell, R. (1992). Tides of Massachusetts and Cape Cod bays (WHOI-92-35). Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/ADA264790
For information on additional citation styles, please see the Citing Sources guide.