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Finding CRS Reports

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports are reports created for Congress by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). They are valuable resources because they cover a wide range of topics; are excellent summaries or updates of issues; are well-researched and include good statistics, charts, graphs, and references; and are in the public domain, once released to the public by Members of Congress.

Because CRS Reports are designed for Members of Congress and not the public, the CRS does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Members of Congress. Some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their web sites. Open CRS is probably the most well-known aggregator site, but does not include all of the CRS Reports in existence. Below is a list of several other websites that provide access to CRS Reports.

Another search strategy is to limit a Google search by adding CRS and filetype:pdf to your keyword search. 

Here is an example of a report on China’s economic history that was retrieved from this Google search: China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, Challenges, and Implications for the United States

US Constitution

The Constitution Annotated

Read About the Constitution in plain English:  The Constitution Annotated provides a comprehensive overview of how the Constitution has been interpreted over time. This site includes discussions of the Supreme Court’s latest opinions.