National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

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As of August 31, 2014, NTIS will be cancelled and will no longer be available through the Rutgers University Libraries. The Libraries deeply regret any inconvenience to our user community.

For related resources, please check the following research guide for links. Please also consult the for older print NTIS reports at the Library of Science and Medicine.

 Research Guide: Technical Reports

You may also wish to consult with a reference librarian for other ways to help find the resources you need.    

If you have additional concerns about how to pursue your information needs, you may contact:
 Ask a Librarian.


The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) database from the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier source for accessing unclassified reports from influential U.S. and international government agencies. The database contains access to over two million critical citations from government departments such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. More information is available from

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. On average, NTIS has added over 60,000 new records per year to the Database over the past ten years. Most records include abstracts.

The database also includes audiovisual training materials in such areas as foreign languages, workplace safety and health, law enforcement, and fire services.


Extensive and detailed help is available. Look in the upper right-hand corner of the screen for the Ask an Expert and Help buttons.

User tools and features

Specification and Standard Index Search, Email Alerts, Saved Record Folders and Search Histories, Browse-able Thesauri and Look-up Indexes.

Dates covered

1964 - present.

Updating frequency



The National Technical Information Service. The largest, central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.

Type of coverage

The database is updated weekly. The NTIS database was created in 1964 but the material cited in it can date back as far as 1899.

Print counterpart or
related resources

NTIS Reports.

Producer/content provider

The National Technical Information Service

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

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Core Subject(s)