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NTIS Bibliographic Database

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What is the NTIS Bibliographic Database?

Containing over 3.0 million bibliographic records, the NTIS Bibliographic 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. On average, NTIS adds over 30,000 new records per year to the Database. Most records include abstracts.


Access to the NTIS Bibliographic Database is available through:

  • Commercial Services (access mediums and pricing will vary). Please contact these organizations directly.
  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) – Subscription access to the NTIS Bibliographic Database metadata with links to over 600,000 digitized full-text reports.
  • Direct Lease from NTIS. Contact the NTIS Office of Product Management (703) 605-6515.


Who Should Access the NTIS Bibliographic Database and Why?

Anyone needing timely, in-depth access to government sponsored research will find the Database invaluable! Use the database to:

  • Stay alert of the latest government sponsored research
  • Access the subject specific information you need when you need it most
  • Retrieve information that is difficult to find from any other source
  • Identify valuable research reports, computer products, video cassettes, audio cassettes, and software.

Once identified in the NTIS Bibliographic Database, most items are available for purchase directly from NTIS!


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