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The Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress

Posted by Library Blog on 02/23/2009 at 12:00 AM

Created by an act of Congress in 1914, the Congressional Research Service (formerly called the Legislative Reference Service) of the Library of Congress is charged with serving its legislative needs.  In addition to assisting at every stage of the legislative process, CRS staff analyze and publish reports on issues in the areas of law, economics, foreign affairs, defense, homeland security, public administration, education, health care, immigration, energy, environmental protection, science and technology. 

Since these reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report, the Law Library has collected many of these reports. They are available in microfiche and are searchable using the Law Library webcatalog.  Please do not hesitate to ask the Librarian on duty at the Reference Desk for assistance in the locating a CRS report.

Access to CRS reports already in the public domain is provided by Open CRS, a project of the Center of Democracy & Technology in cooperation with several organizations and collectors of CRS reports.  Among the featured collections offered at Open CRS are those of the National Council for Science and the Environment, the Federation of American Scientists, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland School of Law, and the IP Mall at Franklin Pierce Law Center

At Open CRS is an option to search for CRS reports by keyword or click on a subject to browse CFR reports