The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) project was formed to meet the challenges of access to technical report literature. TRAIL’s collaborative effort leverages the contributions of institutions committed to increasing access to science and technology literature across many disciplines. TRAIL has developed partnerships with institutions including the University of Arizona, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, and University of Washington based on their individual priorities and strengths. These and other TRAIL partners have developed processes for documents to be scanned and archived in print and digital formats to ensure the longevity of these resources.
TRAIL continues to receive comments and requests for documents through the TRAIL Search Interface. The project has received inquiries about documents and expressions of appreciation from across the globe, including the Department of Civil Engineering in Chile and more:
“TRAIL is a wonderful digital library.”
“I can’t begin to express the gratitude and research potential your site has provided to us. Thanks to TRAIL, I am able to find and download Bureau of Mines Bulletins pertaining to my area that the Bureau of Mines and Office of Surface Mining in PA don't even have in their libraries. Your site has made my research efforts a lot easier, saving weeks of time and travel expense.”
“Thank you so much for your help. The 25 year old copy of the monograph that I have was destroyed by water; finding it online makes me very happy! Please pass on my great appreciation to all those who have put together this very valuable service.”