All microfiche is kept at the Library Annex. However, we have equipment that can directly make a PDF file from a microfiche record. You can request a scanned copy from our interlibrary loan Be sure to specify exactly which report you need.
You can also contact the Engineering Library with questions by email, or call 607-254-6261.
For certain "lost" technical reports from the 1940s and 1950s, there is a paper published by the University of Nebraska here. Many of these reports are not available from the NTIS or other sources but methods for obtaining them via the Library of Congress can be found within that paper.
Government Agency, Lab, or Society
Agency, Lab, or Society Report Number Prefixes (filed under)
Major databases, full text
|ASME (American Society for Mechanical Engineers)||Example: 96-WA-7
|Department of Defense (DOD)technical reports, military standards, specifications||AD-, ADA- (Note: AD- and ADA- technical reports often have 7 digits in citations. But only 6 are printed on the reports themselves. Give only the first 6 digits to the Library Annex).||1978+|
|Department of Energy (DOE)||AEC- Atomic Energy Commission BNL- Brookhaven National Lab
DOE - Dept. of Energy
LBL- Lawrence Berkeley Lab
LA-UR - Los Alamos National Lab
ORNL - Oak Ridge National Lab
SAND - Sandia National Lab
UCRL - Lawrence Livermore Lab
|1947+ in microcard, paper, fiche1996+ only online||
OSTI Office of Scientific and Technical Information - If a report is not available, check our catalog to see if we have it.
Pages - Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science - free access to published scientific journal articles or accepted manuscripts within 12 months of publication.
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration||NASA Technical Report Server covers 1917 to present. Common acronyms:
NACA - National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics
NASA CR - contractor report
NASA TM - technical memorandum
NASA NIX - Image Exchange
NASA STI - Scientific and Technical Information Program
NASA SP - series publication
|1917+||NASA Technical Report Server The NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) provides publicly available documents. The NASA Aeronautics and Space Database (NA&SD) is another database and available only for registered users.|
|National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)||Accessible via this catalog record.||One of world's largest repositories of U.S. Government-sponsored research results, the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL Public) offers 2.2 million titles, with links to over 800,000 corresponding digitized full-text technical reports.||National Technical Reports Library|
|Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)||PB- ((Note: PB- technical reports often have 7 digits in citations. But only 6 are printed on the reports themselves. Give only the first 6 digits to the Library Annex).||1978+ in microfiche, earlier years in print, check in Library Catalog under EPA followed by first 3 digits of report number, such as EPA 600, EPA 440, etc.||NTIS (1945+) - If a report is not available through NTIS, check our catalog to see if we have it.|
|Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Papers||960664, 2000-01-1003||1908+||
We have a subscription to SAE Mobilus online, which includes SAE technical papers from 1980 to the present.
We also have other, earlier SAE technical papers in hardcopy or microfiche, as follows:
In addition, SAE J-series ground vehicle standards are located in the SAE Handbook. The print set (2005) is located in Uris Library Reference, TL 151 .S67. A CD dated 2009 is in the Engineering Librarian's office. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an email of a particular standard.
Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL) - The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) identifies, acquires, catalogs, digitizes and provides unrestricted access to U.S. government agency technical reports.
|Variety of agencies and departments.|
|U.S. Geological Survey Open File Reports||USGS OFR||1978+||Georef (1785+)|
|Many departments, including Commerce, Energy, Interior, Defense, EPA, etc.||C- Commerce, E- Energy
I- Interior, D- Defense
EP, EPA - EPA, T-Transportation
Y -Nuclear Regulatory Commission
|Some documents arrive with SUDOC numbers only. These are Superintendent Document numbers and found in the Government Monthly Catalog.||Monthly Catalog (pre 1976)
GPO Monthly Catalog (1976+)
|Others (distributed by the National Technical Information Service)||PB-||NTIS (1945+) - If a report is not available through NTIS, check our catalog to see if we have it.|
While only some of these sites have the full-text documents, all are excellent for purposes of verification.
Department of Agriculture - Water and Agriculture Information Center - Electronic access to information about water and agriculture.
Army Corps of Engineers - official publications office.