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 Unit

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. Over 15,000 reports and counting are available from this site.
Thurgood Marshall Law Library
From the University of Maryland, the Law Library maintains an online archive of reports from 1993.
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.

Find Out More

CRS Employment Home Page
This site is the CRS employment page, but it does provide some background information.
CRS Reports - from
Archived article from the Law Library Resource Xchange is still useful for its historical overview of the CRS.
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.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
Handy research guide from the Dudley Knox Library at the Naval Postgraduate School. Has links to additional sites that collect CRS Reports.
Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service
One former insider's 2015 view of the CRS, its history, and its relationship with Congress.