Wednesday, October 19, 2016

CRS Reports Are Back & More Accessible Than Ever!

When I teach students about researching for scholarly articles, I mention Congressional Research Services Reports as a gold mine of information.

However, my go-to source, OpenCRS, is no longer active and is only available via archive.

But a new organization has stepped in to fill the vast hole left by OpenCRS: EveryCRSReport.com is now the go-to source for CRS Reports.

About EveryCRSReport:
CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress. (More: What is a CRS report?)

Until today, CRS reports were generally available only to the well-connected.

Now, in partnership with a Republican and Democratic member of Congress, we are making these reports available to everyone for free online.

EveryCRSReport.com includes 8,255 CRS reports. The number changes regularly. If you’re looking for older reports, our good friends at CRSReports.com may have them.

While this is wonderful new, and a partnership on this scale is an amazing feat, Congress should go further and enact The Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (S 2639 and HR 4702).

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