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Technical Reports : General Information

Guide to finding federally-funded research reports


What is a Technical Report?

Technical reports publish the results of scientific or technical research, often using federal funds. The research is performed and reports are produced by companies, universities and government laboratories. Most technical reports housed in the Wendt Library Technical Report Center were written under contract to U.S. government agencies.

Technical Reports at Wendt

Technical Reports Collection

  • Wendt's technical reports come from numerous US government agencies and other institutions and societies (see the list at right)
  • Most documents and reports can be retrieved from the Middleton  Shelving Facility and checked out
  • Wendt has been an Atomic Energy Commission depository since 1963, with a comprehensive collection of AEC, ERDA and DOE reports in microfiche
  • Large collection of NTIS, Dept of Defense,  and NASA reports on microfiche

Wendt Commons is a part of the regional GPO Federal Depository Library Program at UW Madison.




Agencies Funding the Research

Who generated all the technical reports at Wendt?

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, NACA
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)and its predecessor, National Bureau of Standards (NBS)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and its predecessors, Atomic Energy Comission (AEC) and Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA)
  • Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers: SAE Technical Papers 1965-2002
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)