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Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), in the Library of Congress, is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a source of in-depth, timely, and accurate information, CRS reports are intended to clearly define an issue for Congress. They can include policy, economic, statistical and/or legal analyses. CRS produces Short Reports, Long Reports, Issue Briefs, Appropriations Reports, Electronic Briefing Books, Info Packs and Congressional distribution memoranda. All of these documents are produced at the request of and for the use of members of Congress. For more details on CRS and the documents it produces, see Stephen Young's article, below.

Because of their high quality, CRS reports are excellent resources for legislative or public policy research. CRS reports are not made available directly to the public, but members of Congress can share them with the public. Since the mid-1990s, libraries and interested organizations have made concerted efforts to obtain and make CRS reports available on the web. For earlier CRS reports, see Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service, below.

Open CRS Network – CRS Reports for the People
"A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports." Search all reports or browse by collection or current issue. RSS feeds are available for recent reports and recently added reports.

CRS Reports by Stephen Young (updated July 26, 2004)
An LLRX.com Feature article about the history and current organization of the Congressional Research Service, CRS products, the campaign for public online access, and where to look for CRS reports.

Topical Collections

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Catherwood Library
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports and Issue Briefs are part of the Catherwood Library's Collection of Key Workplace Documents.

Federation of American Scientists (FAS)
The FAS collection of Congressional Research Service [CRS] Reports focuses on national security, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security, and related topics.

First Amendment Center
CRS reports for Congress on First Amendment topics.

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
National Library for the Environment (NLE)

The National Library for the Environment currently posts over 1000 CRS Reports on environmental and related topics.

Pierce Law Center's IP Mall
The IP Mall collection of CRS Reports focuses on intellectual property, cyberlaw, and electronic commerce.

Thurgood Marshall Law Library – CRS Reports
The Thurgood Marshall Law Library's online collection provides links to CRS Reports available on the web and a browseable database of copies of reports it has purchased in the subject areas of Homeland Security and Terrorism, and Health Law and Policy.


Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC)
Selected Congressional Research Service Reports on Congress and its Procedures
Links to Most Other CRS Reports on the Internet
Part of LLSDC's Legislative Source Book.

University of North Texas Libraries
This digital archive aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different websites since 1990.

Government Sites

Senator Richard G. Lugar (Ind.)
Frequently Asked Questions, CRS Information
More than 100 CRS Reports on Budget/Taxes, Business, Congress, Congressional Leaders and Offices, Congressional Publications and Information, Crime, Education, Elections, Energy/Environment/Agriculture, The Executive Branch, American Flag, Foreign Policy, Grants, House of Representatives, Internet/Research, Joint Sessions of Congress, Military/Defense, Miscellaneous, NASA, Nutrition/Health, Senate Committees, Conferences, and Hearings, Senate Leadership and Officials, Senate Procedure, U.S. Government and Washington, D.C., Voting in the Senate.

U.S. House, Committee on Rules
CRS Reports on How Congress Works

U.S. Mission to Italy
CRS Reports on U.S. Policy Issues

U.S. State Department, Foreign Press Center
CRS Reports and Issue Briefs on Foreign Relations


CRS Reports on national security

The Information Warfare Site
CRS Reports and Issue Briefs on issues including national security, terrorism, intelligence, Iraq, and defense


Congressional Research Service WWW Accessible Reports
Compiled and organized by Gary Price, MLIS, and updated 9/27/2001. Includes links to other legislative research organizations.

CRS Find: Congressional Research Service
Templates and tips for using Google to search all 'congressional research service' reports on the web.

Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service
Major Studies of the Legislative Reference Service
The law library has the indexes from 1916 through 2002 at JK 1108 .M257 in the reference collection. The Major Studies of the Legislative Reference Service microfilm from 1964 through 1970 is available at JK 1108 .M253, Film cabinet 1, in the microform room. The Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service microfilm from 1975 through 1991 is available at JK 1108 .M257, Film cabinet 1, in the microform room.


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