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Technical Reports

What are technical reports?

Technical reports are a type of grey literature that present the results of research. Grey literature is written and funded by groups like the government, associations or corporate bodies that are outside of normal commercial and academic publishing.

Since technical reports are published quickly, they can provide technical information about cutting edge research; however, they may not always be peer-reviewed.

Citations for technical reports can be recognized in that they usually have a report number that often includes an acronym for an association (e.g. UCRL 50174, ORNL/TM-11524, NASA/TM-2017-219553) and often lack journal or publisher information,

Obtaining technical reports

Many technical reports can be found in full text online. Some reports are provided free of charge to the general public. Others may be accessible to the UofT community through the library website (you may have to login with your UTORid to access these items). 

Other technical reports are only available as physical items. If the library owns a physical item it can be searched using the library catalogue. If the library does not own the item, it can be requested by the UofT community through interlibary loan. Note: you will have to set up a RACER account to order from other libraries.