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Engineering 101: Technical Reports

This guide was created to assist Engineering 101 in using the WVU Libraries resources.

What is a Technical Report?

According to the Colorado State University, a Technical Report presents facts and conclusions about designs and other projects. "Typically, a technical report includes research about technical concepts as well as graphical depictions of designs and data. A technical report also follows a strict organization."

For more information see CSU's Writing Guide:  Engineering Technical Reports.

See also the Research Guide:  Technical Writing & Communication: A Primer

News: Upcoming Workshops

Get a headstart on your research!

The Evansdale Library will be hosting a Fall Workshop Series.

Get to Know the WVU Libraries

  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 3:00-3:45

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, 2:00-2:45

  • Monday, Aug. 27, 3:30-4:15

Using Citation Managers—Zotero

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3:00-4:00

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 3:00-4:00

Using Citation Managers—EndNote

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3:00-4:00

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3:00-4:00

Measuring & Promoting Your Research

  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 2:00-3:30

Literature Review

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3:00-4:15               
  •  Monday, Oct. 15, 3:15-4:45

Copyright Basics

  • Monday, Oct 8, 3:30-5:00

Technical Writing I:  Clarity & Concision

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3:00-4:00

Technical Writing II: Ethics

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 3:00-4:00

Introduction to the Research Repository @ WVU

  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4:00-5:00

* All workshops are free and do not require pre-registration.

Seating is limited to 30 at each workshop, first-come, first-served.

Technical Report Resources

Citing a Technical Report in MLA


Last-name, First-name and First-name Last-name .  “Title of Chapter.”  Document Title.  Government Publication Number.    Place of Publication: Publishing Agency, Year.  Pages of chapter. Format.  Date Month Year of Access.




Roy, L., H. Nigg,and  H. Watson. Novel Concepts For Isotopic Separation Of 3he/4he. 2012. Web. 17 August 2013.


Smith, Joshua E.  and Eugene J. Peterson. [Los Alamos National
“National Technical Nuclear Forensics.” The Los Alamos Science Pillars: The Science of Signatures. 2012.  Web. 17 August 2013.


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