STI Tools

Learn more about how to use and access NASA STI tools, including NASA Thesaurus, and NASA Scope and Subject Category Guide.

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NASA Thesaurus
The NASA Thesaurus contains the authorized NASA subject terms used to index and retrieve materials in the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS). The scope of this controlled vocabulary includes not only aerospace engineering, but all supporting areas of engineering and physics, the natural space sciences (astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science), Earth sciences, and the biological sciences. The NASA Thesaurus contains over 18,400 subject terms, 4,300 definitions, and more than 4,500 USE cross references.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your usage of the thesaurus with the STI Program Office contact the STI Information Desk.

Please cite the NASA STI Program in your work if you incorporate/use the NASA Thesaurus.

  • NASA Thesaurus Data File
    The NASA Thesaurus Data File contains all valid terms and hierarchical relationships, USE references, and related terms in machine-readable form. The Data File is available in the following formats: RDF/SKOS, RDF/OWL, ZThes-1.0, and CSV/TXT.

    The full NASA Thesaurus data files can be downloaded by clicking on a link below.

    Download SKOS (66MB)

    Download OWL (103MB)

    Download ZThes 1.0 (66MB)

    Download CSV/Text (32MB) (Note that this file does not include term definitions or scope notes.)


NASA Scope and Subject Category Guide

The NASA Scope and Subject Category Guide is a scheme of 76 subject categories that permits high-level subject classification of scientific and technical information. It provides scope notes, listing of subtopics, cross references and an index of nearly 3,000 research topics of particular interest to NASA linked to the appropriate subject categories.



The NASA STI Program produces two daily feeds comprised of bibliographic information loaded to the NASA Technical Reports Server during the prior day.