Technical reports are an integral part of the scientific communication process, and are a very important means of communication in the scientific and technical fields. A search of the technical literature is an essential part of a quality literature review, yet they can be somewhat of a challenge to locate. Technical reports are produced by a large number of organizations, and are used to report research progress to sponsors. These sponsors are generally government agencies, but also corporations or academic institutions. Reports tend to be timely, succinct and detailed, making them very valuable resource in the sciences.