The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a "think tank" which works exclusively for the US Congress. It issues about 3,000 briefs, reports, short issue papers and longer position papers per year. The Congressional Research Service Reports are renowned for their non-partisanship and in-depth analysis making them very valuable research resources.
To preserve integrity, the reports are not made available to the public by CRS. However, members of Congress are allowed to give them out individually and some government agencies post reports on their Internet sites. From donated and public copies, search engines have been constructed to provide public access to many of the CRS Reports.
Access to full text of CRS reports:
- Congressional Research Service Reports from University of North Texas Libraries
- Open CRS is a database of CRS reports collected by the Center for Democracy & Technology
- Penny Hill Press is a site which sells CRS Reports ($29.95 per report)
CRS Reports on Select Subjects:
- Homeland security/terrorism and health law and policy from University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall Law Library
- Environmental law and policy from the National Council for Science and the Environment
- Foreign policy and relations from the U.S. State Department
- Intellectual property, cyberlaw and electronic commerce from Franklin Pierce Law School
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Last Updated: July 9, 2013