New TRAIL Database Gives Life to Historic Literature

Sometimes old is good.  A classic report or article — the ORIGINAL work — is what you need to find.  Now you can get access to what used to be a very grey form of literature:  federal technical and scientific reports that are decades old.

The Center for Research Libraries has published the Technical Report Archive & Image Library, aka “TRAIL.”   With it, you can now search over 20,000 federal technical & scientific reports (approximately 2 million pages of content), including biomedical reports.

TRAIL collects, digitizes, and provides open access to additional federal technical report series published primarily prior to 1975.   More modern materials are relatively easy to locate through NTIS or funding agency websites.  But the OLD stuff has been hard to get until now.

TRAIL has developed partnerships with institutions including the University of Arizona, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, and University of Washington based on their individual priorities and strengths. These and other TRAIL partners have developed processes for documents to be scanned and archived in print and digital formats to ensure the longevity of these resources.

TRAIL is freely available to all web users.

You’ll find TRAIL on JEFFLINE’s list of Databases A-Z, or visit the Technical Report Archive & Image Library now.

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