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Using NTRS, STAR, and the OPAC to access NASA reports at the Science and Engineering Library.



To obtain a NASA report published prior to 1995 obtain the NASA Accession Number (e.g. N75-17011) , then locate the file cabinet, drawer and search by consecutive numbers.

NASA reports published from 1996 on are filed by SERIES. Series include:

  • Conference Publications (CP), 
  • Contractor Reports (CR),
  • Educational Publications (EP),
  • Reference Publications (RP),
  • Special Publications (SP),
  • Technical Memorandum (TM),
  • Technical Notes (TN),
  • Technical Papers (TP),
  • Technical Reports (TR).

These are filed alphabetically first by the full series name if abbreviated ( i.e. NASA-Case, NASA-CP, NASA-CR, NASA-EP, NASA-RP, NASA-SP, NASA-TM, NASA-TN etc), then by the year of publication, if present, and finally by the NASA Record Number.

To search for NASA-Technical Memorandum-50734: Look under NASA-TM-50734, and also under NASA-TM-[Year]-50734 or NASA-Technical Memorandum-1998-50734. The YEAR, if present, may be represented as two or four digits.



Additional Information

  • A report published in the later months of a year may be indexed with the next year
  • If the first search does not locate the fiche, reconstruct the search using other variables
  • Additional NASA documents my be added to this collection as they become unclassified
  • A fiche reader is available on the 3rd floor West of the Science and Engineering Library
  • If print-outs are required the fiche may be checked out manually for a one month loan period
  • Fiche Reader/Printers ($0.05 per page) are available in the Du Bois Library Learning Commons
  • Documents not owned by the university may be requested on Interlibrary Loan