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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 Spring Workshop Series.

Literature Review

  • Tuesday, February 6th 3:30-4:45

  • Room 130 of the Evansdale Library.

Copyright Basics

  • Monday, Feb. 12th  3:30-4:45

  • Room 130 of the Evansdale Library.

Technical Writing

  • Part 1: Clarity & Concision, Friday, Feb. 9th, 1 to 2 p.m. — room 130

  • Part 2: Ethics of Technical Writing, Friday, Mar. 2nd, 1 to 2 p.m. — room 130

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

Seating is limited to 35 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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