Collection Spotlight: National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)
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:
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- International Nuclear Information System
- TIC Foreign Exchange Reports
- NASA Foreign Exchange Program
- Non-Paid Reprints
- Air Force
- Atomic Energy Commission
- Office of Toxic Substances
- US Energy Research and Development Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
- Federal Highway Administration
- Bureau of Health Planning and Resources Development Health Research Administration
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Plus, much more!
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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