Collection Spotlight: National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)

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Dec. 5, 2023, 10 a.m.
The National Technical Reports Library provides free public access to US Federal government-sponsored research technical reports in science, technology, engineering and related business information.
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by Juan Denzer, Engineering and Computer Science Librarian

National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is part of “America’s Data Agency” for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Created after World War II and originally called the Publication Board, NTIS was created to serve as the U.S. government’s repository for scientific research and information. It has evolved to support the growing data-driven need for scientific research and information. NTIS has a National Institute of Standards and Technology repository called the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL).

The NTRL has over 3 million publications. They cover topics ranging from aerodynamics to urban development. Their archive spans the Manhattan Project (1942-1946) to the present.

Searching NTRL cannot be more intuitive. Here is a sample of the many areas for reports and conference proceedings:

Need an NIST report on Bluetooth Technology? You can find a report titled NIST Special Publication 800-121, Guide to Bluetooth Security at NTRL.

National Technical Reports Library is an excellent government repository for researchers looking for technical reports. It is always free to the public, which makes it easier to access and share for collaboration. It is provided by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), which was created over 75 years ago.

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