Congressional Research Service Reports
January 05, 2006 at 3:15 PM
The Congressional Research Service furnishes nonpartisan research to members of Congress on a variety of domestic and foreign policy matters. The reports prepared by CRS staff are excellent sources of background information and can be a useful starting point for research relating to an unfamiliar area of law. CRS staff often prepare surveys of current federal and state laws for members of Congress. For example, one recent CRS report provides a well-annotated overview of federal and state laws regarding pharmacists who refuse to dispense contraceptives. Generally, CRS does not provide direct public access to these reports, and finding them through Internet searches can be somewhat difficult. Fortunately, the University of North Texas has created a searchable database of many of the CRS reports available online. Researchers can browse reports by subject or search by keyword, title, author, subject, or report number.