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Finding Aids

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Online Resources


Searches German patents issued by the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA). Other countries are included. Five different Search modes: beginner (field search), expert (search strings), IKOFAX (special search strings), family (patent number search), and assistant (query sent to Patent Information Centre staff). Coverage varies by country: for US, from 1790 to present; for Germany, from 1877 to present.

European Publication Server

The European Patent Office (EPO) provides search tools for patents from 38 European countries and resources relating to patent law and links to other databases. Coverage from 1978 to present.

Espacenet (Europe)

Contains three dabases: European Patent (all patent applications published by the European Patent Office), Worldwide (US, Chinese, German, and French abstracts from 1970 and British abstracts from 1893), and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO abstracts from 1978 and the entire WIPO collection). Coverage varies by country. Search Tips for Espacenet.General Information about Patents.

Google Patent Search

Over 7M full-text US patents. Includes multi-page images from 1790 onwards, full-text from 1976, full-text with embedded images from 2001, and patent grand with optical character recognition text from 1920 to 1979. Partnered with the USPTO. Coverage is from 1790 to present. Search Tips for Google Patent Search.

Japan Patent Office

Free full-text of annual reports, committee documents, symposia, and paper presentations relating to patents, copyrights, and trademarks registered in Japan. Coverage for annual reports is from 2001 to present; and for other resources is from 1998 to present.


Full-text cross-collection searching for US Patents, US Patent Applications EP documents, Japan abstracts, and WIPO (PCT). Documents ordered individually or in bundles and saved, organized, and shared. Save up to 20 search strategies, and up to 20 portfolios for a total of 25K documents. Users have the option to merge and share portfolios with other Sumobrain users, providing them either with read-only or read/write permission, and also to export batch files to Excel for working offline. Coverage varies by country. Search Tips for Sumobrain.

US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Free patent grant bibliographic data available. Information on filing patents, trademarks, copyrights, as well as resources for researchers and inventors. Coverage is from 1790 to present.Search Tips for USPTO.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Bibliographic data is available from 1978 to the present for patents. Free registration allows you to save search results between sessions. the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a United Nations agency with 184 member states. Patents, trademarks, designs, and other items of interest to the intellectual property (IP) community are available via advanced search and information on negotiating international IP disputes. Coverage varies, but typically begins in the late 1990's.

Print Resources in the Library

Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Laws

Author(s): Bureau of National Affairs (Washington, D.C.); edited by Jeffrey M. Samuels ISBN: Not available Location: Main Books Call Number: KF3102 .P37 1985

Radio Standards & Related Subjects: Publications, Reports & Patents

Author(s): United States. National Bureau of Standards. Radio Standards Laboratory ISBN: Not available Location: Archives (ask at Circ Desk) Call Number: QC537 .U5 1960

Technology & Copyright: Sources & Materials

Author(s): edited by George P. Bush and Robert H. Dreyfuss ; foreward by Lowell H. Hattery
ISBN: 0912338172
Location: Main Books
Call Number: KF3030.1.A75 B8 1979

Union List of Technical Reports, Standards & Patents in Engineering Libraries

Author(s): compiled by James A. Ruffner, Linda R. Musser for the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division ISBN: 0878231412 Location: Main Reference Call Number: Z7911 .U54 1992

Technical Reports

Online Resources

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Public Technical Reports

Contains 6M+ citations, and in some cases full-text in PDF, to unclassified/unlimited distribution documents relevant to the Department of Defense mission. The scope of DTIC's collection includes not only information normally associated with military research, but also that relating to biological and medical sciences; environmental pollution and control; and behavioral and social sciences. Coverage from the 1930's to present.

Energy Citation Database (ECD)

Provides free access to 2.6M+ science bibliographic research citations. There are 221K+ electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, available via the database. The ECD includes scientific and technical research results in disciplines of interest to DOE (e.g. chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science). It also includes report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents. Coverage from 1943 to present.

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Access to approximately 500K aerospace related citations, 90K full-text online documents, and 111K images and videos. Format type includes conference papers, images, journal articles, photos, meeting papers, movies, patents, research reports, and technical videos. Coverage is from 1901 to present.

National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)

The system includes Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publications, with 7K+ hardcopy titles in stock and 35K+ digital titles. Full text available of electronic documents and metadata records for both hardcopy and digital titles. Coverage is from 1968 to present.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Containing 2M+ bibliographic records of research by the United States and select foreign governments in the form of research reports, computer products, software, video cassettes, audio cassettes, etc. Most records include abstracts. Coverage is from 1964 to present.


Science.gov uses over 42 scientific databases and over 2000 scientific websites to find government science information and research results.

Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL)

A collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1982. Contains the NBS Monograph Series as well as material from these issuing agencies. Coverage is from 1910 to 1995.


Catalog of books, technical reports, web resources, and other material held by libraries worldwide. Covers over 48M titles. Coverage is from 1100 BCE to present.

Print Resources in Library

BLIP - Boulder Laboratories Internal Publications List Fiscal 65

Author(s): United States. National Bureau of Standards. Environmental Science Services Administration Location: Archives (ask at Circ Desk) Call Number: Z7405 .L3 .B6 1965

Dictionary of Report Series Codes, 2nd Edition

Author(s): Godfrey, Lois E; Redman, Helen F; Special Libraries Association. Rio Grande Chapter. Report Series Dictionary Committee ISBN: 0871112094 Location: Main Reference Call Number: Z6945.A2 S6 1973

Government Reports Annual Index (& Preceeding Titles) 1946 - 1991

Author(s): United States. National Technical Information Service ISSN: 0145-532X Location: Main ILL Staff Room

Popular Names of U.S. Government Reports: A Catalog

Author(s): Library of Congress. Serial Division; Bernier, Bernard A; Gould, Katherine F; Humphrey, Porter ISBN: 0844401749 Location: Main Reference Call Number: Z1223 .A199A 1976

Publications of the National Bureau of Standards ... Catalog: A Compilation of Abstracts & Keyword & Author Indexes (1901-1987)

Author(s): United States. National Bureau of Standards; Betty L. Oberholtzer ISSN: 0275-1348 Location: Archives (ask at Circ Desk) - Also full set availble on Main Bib Shelves Call Number: QC100 .U57 no.305

Theses & Dissertations

If the thesis title is not available or unknown, search using the author's name, year, and granting institution.

Online Resources

Many universities have their theses available in electronic format. Some provide open access. Search Libdex for the university and search for the title in its catalog.

If the granting university does not provide a digital copy, search the websites below:

EThOS Electronic Theses Online Service

The British Library’s Theses Online Service provides a single interface for ordering theses from several UK institutions of higher learning. Create an account and have a thesis delivered to your desktop. Many theses, however, are not yet available in digitized form and require a 30 day wait.


Search Tips: Enclose Thesis title with quotes when entering in the Search box. If the title is unknown, search using the author's name, year, and granting institution.

Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations

An international organization that promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. It includes a list of other organizations providing similar services.

Thesis Canada Portal

The National Library and Archives of Canada collects and preserves theses and dissertations from Canadian universities. Requests can be submitted through interlibrary loan. Find out more about the Boulder Labs Library Interlibrary Loan Program.