Research guides

Congressional Documents

CRS Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a legislative branch agency of the Library of Congress that provides research and analysis to members of Congress about legislative issues. P.L. 115-141 directed the creation of as a way to provide public access to CRS Reports. This is an on-going project. Select documents not found on the official CRS Reports website may be found through other databases and websites. See below for more details.

Please contact your member of Congress (Senate / House) to request reports not found through the sources below.

Free Online Resources

Congressional Research Service Reports University of North Texas
"The information on this site is compiled and made available as a public service by the Government Documents Department at the UNT Libraries." Includes over 40,000 CRS Reports, including those compiled from "variety of web sites that host CRS reports, either currently or in the past". Select reports available, beginning with 1965.

CRS Reports
The official online publication of CRS Reports. See the About Site & FAQS for coverage information.
Search select reports from early 1990's to present. " is a free web based repository of Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports."
Includes over 15,000 CRS reports, including "every CRS report that’s available on Congress’s internal website." Some information may be redacted. See the About page for more information.

Member Databases

CRS Reports
Available on HeinOnline. Over 46,000 CRS Reports. Material added regularly. Check for updates. Once in HeinOnline, select U.S. Congressional Documents > CRS Reports.

CRS Reports
Available on ProQuest Congressional. Index coverage and full-text (PDF) from 2011-present.

        • To search by Accession Number (CRDC-Id number), select Search By Number then click the tab for "All citation searches." Scroll to Accession Number, enter the number and click Search.
        • To search by title or author, select Advanced Search, then limit to only "CRS Reports" using the check boxes on the left side. Select either "Author" or "Title" from the drop-down menu above the search box, enter your search terms, and conduct a search for the author or the title.
        • See the Using ProQuest Congressional page of this guide for more information.

Research Tip

HeinOnline's U.S. Federal History Library may include links to CRS Reports in its compiled legislative histories. See the Federal Legislative History guide for more information.

Onsite Lexis & Bloomberg Law

Congressional Research Service Reports
Available on the library's Lexis computers.

CRS Reports
Available on the library's Bloomberg Law computers. Coverage begins with 2003.