Congressional Research Service


What is the Congressional Research Service?

This guide will provide a brief overview of the CRS and some suggestions for locating its reports. It should be noted that the CRS does not maintain a publicly accessible research website.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS)

The CRS produces a number of types of documents.

Finding CRS Publications in the Government Documents Department

While CRS publications are rarely distributed to federal depository libraries, we do have a commercially published set:

Finding CRS Publications Online

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Member of Congress. Some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their Web sites. Below is a listing of major collection sites that lead to more specialized collection sites.

Congressional Research Service Reports - UNT
Integrated, searchable access to many full-text CRS reports available on the Web since 1990. 6500 reports and counting are available from this site.
Open CRS Network
A project of the Center for Democracy and 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.
The Memory Hole
The Memory Hole had copied many reports from the Web sites of Congressmen Mark Green and Christopher Shays who provided a gateway to a CRS internal database before it was shut down.
Thurgood Marshall Law Library
From the University of Maryland, the Law Library maintains an online archive of reports from 1993.
National Library for the Environment
Browse or search 2225 CRS Reports on environmental and related topics.
Penny Hill Press
Penny Hill Press provides free browse-access to CRS reports issued since 1993. For full text, you have to order and pay for the report, $19.95 for students.
U.S. State Department
CRS Reports and Issue Briefs on a variety of topics. Emphasis on foreign relations. May browse by date (1999 to present), region, or topic. Updated frequently with recent publications.

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CRS Employment Home Page
This site is the CRS employment page, but it does provide some background information.
CRS Reports - from LLRX.com
From the Law Library Resource Xchange, this site provides an historical overview of CRS and how to find publications online. Includes links to many additional sites with CRS reports.
POGO CRS Products Report
The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) issued a report in 2003 to promote easier public access to CRS publications. Background information about CRS is included.