You can identify a technical report from its citation or reference. This will help you determine where to look for the report. A technical report citation will include a report number and will probably not have journal or publisher information.
Technical reports can be divided into two general categories:
All agencies of the U.S. Federal and State Government issue reports.
For example: DOE (Dept. of Energy), NASA (National Aeronautics and Astronautics), DOT (Dept. of Transportation), DOD (Department of Defense).
Technical reports can be a challenge to locate. Some are cataloged as books in the CAT, in databases, on microfiche, or free online.
Follow these steps to locate a technical report. If the report cannot be found using one method proceed, to the next step.