Free Access to National Technical Information Service Resources for the Public

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The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is broadening public access to their materials. NTIS is offering free public access to some of its Federal science and technology reports through their National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) database. The public can now conduct a basic search and download five PDF documents per session. An account must be created before usage.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and NTIS have worked collaboratively over the years finding ways to have information exchanges including the Depository Access to Reports Scientific and Technical (DARTS) program that ran for four years from 2007-2011.

Currently, you can search NTIS through GPO’s Catalog of Government Publications’ Metalib feature. Metalib is GPO’s federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal Government databases at once. On the NTIS Web site, users are encouraged to research in GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) before searching and purchasing a report through NTIS.

NTIS was established more than 60 years ago. It is the largest resource for technical, engineering, and scientific related research. According to NTIS, their mission is to “support the Department of Commerce mission to promote the nation's economic growth by providing access to information that stimulates innovation and discovery.” Learn more about NTIS.

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