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Search Google for CRS Reports

If you know the report number or title you may be able to find the full text of the report using Google.  Or if you want to search to see if CRS has written a report on a topic of interest, search for "CRS report" or "Congressional Research Service" and your topic keywords.


Search Archive-It CRS Reports

This is free searchable archive of CRS reports from numerous different sites.  They are available at this Archive-It site and are searchable from the box below. Currency varies.


New Reports from Full Text Reports

FullTextReports provides free accesss to the full text of reports from numerous organizations, including Congressional Research Service.

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What is the Congressional Research Service (CRS)?

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a division of the Library of Congress. They produce analytical, non-partisan reports on topics of interest to members of Congress.  While they do not maintain a public website for dissemination of these reports, there are a number of free and subscription sites where you can find CRS reports. You can also request copies from your Congressional Representative.

Many CRS reports are frequently updated, so try to find the most recent version using the resources in this guide. The CRS logo and a header from a typical CRS report are below.

 CRS Report Header

Free Sources for Finding CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) produces analytical reports on topics of interest to Congress.  Unfortunately, they do not maintain a public website with these reports.  Below are some free web sites that collect CRS reports:

The Library's Subscription Sources for Finding CRS Reports

The library subscribes to a couple of licensed resources that include selected CRS reports.  As with all of our licensed resources, you must either come in through the Cisco VPN, or have your library account information handy to log into our Proxy Server when you are prompted to do so.

  • Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Budget Tracker  
    CQ Budget Tracker has many budget-related CRS reports. To search for them, from the Budget Tracker home page, scroll down to the section on the left hand menu for Other Materials, then click on CRS reports.

Other Sources for CRS Reports

  • Penny Hill Press
    Although the Library does not subscribe to Penny Hill Press, it is a great tool for finding out what CRS reports exist on your topic. If you want the report through Penny Hill Press you will have to pay for it. However, many of these reports are freely available through the other sites listed in this guide. If you are an NPS student, faculty or staff member and have trouble finding the pdf of a report that interests you, contact Ask a Librarian and we will try to obtain it for you.

Ask a Librarian

If you need help getting started with your research, click on the Ask a Librarian link on most of our Library web pages and guides to get help.


Older CRS Reports

The Library has older (mid-1970's to mid-1990's) CRS reports on microfiche and microfilm.  For help with these, contact Ask a Librarian.

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