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Congressional Research Service Reports

The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively and directly for members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis. CRS reports are research studies of almost anything, past or present in planning legislation, exploring current events, etc. CRS creates bibliographies, background reports on people and events as well as a myriad of reports on demand.

Congressional Research Service reports are not distributed to depository libraries like Colgate. Below are several sites that provide access to selected CRS reports. Each site has it's own subject emphasis.

Search Engine

Steve Stoft's custom Google search


Open CRS Network
In addition to posting CRS reports, provides RSS feeds for recently added reports, and access to many of the collection listed below.

University of North Texas
Attempts to collection all CRS reports freely available on the web, including some from the collections listed below. Can browse by subject or search.  

Law Librarians' Society of Washington D.C.
Includes pdf files scanned from printed reports and links to other sources (online and purchase only)  

Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law
Homeland Security/Terrorism and Health Law & Policy emphasis. Links to other online sources.  

IP Mall at Franklin Pierce Law School
Intellectual property, cyberlaw, and electronic commerce.

CRS reports at the State Dept.

National Council for Science and the Environment
More than 2,000 reports on the environment and related topics

The Memory Hole
More than 300 reports, many pulled from the websites of Congressmen Mark Green and Christopher Shays before they were removed.  

Federation of American Scientists
CRS reports are retrieved as part of a search of the FAS site along with other documents
          Secrecy & Information Policy
          Homeland Security
          Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control
          Conventional Weapons Systems
          General National Security Topics
          Middle East
          Foreign Policy and Regional Affairs
          Space Policy
          Miscellaneous Topics
The Federation of American Scientists is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501c3 organization founded in 1945 as the Federation of Atomic Scientists. Founders were members of the Manhattan Project, creators of the atom bomb, and were concerned about the implications of its use for the future of humankind.




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