Technical reports describe the progress or results of scientific or technical research and development. They are usually produced in response to a specific request or research need, and serve as a report of accountability to the funding organization.
Technical reports usually fall into two categories:
Both categories may include national or international reports by university departments, institutes, private industry, or government agencies and laboratories.
Publication and dissemination of technical reports has not been centrally coordinated; therefore, they can be particularly difficult to identify and locate.
There are many technical report sites on the Internet. Many offer searching capabilities, access to full-text, ftp access, or on-line ordering.