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Selected Full Text Availability of Technical Reports

Internet Sources: selected technical reports are freely available on the Internet, many from the issuing agencies such as DOE, DoD (DTIC), EPA, and NASA


Microfiche

The Georgia Tech Library holds over 2,000,000 microfiche technical reports (located in remote storage). The period from 1960 to 2007 is the most heavily represented, although older reports dating from 1900 are available. Georgia Tech students and faculty/staff can request copies of reports by filling out an ILLiad request form.

NTIS - National Technical Information Service

Containing millions of bibliographic records, this database is the preeminent resource for accessing the latest research sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. The database represents billions of dollars in research. Contents include research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes and more. The complete electronic file dates back to 1964.

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