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Government Documents: Library of Congress

A guide for the Government Documents Collection



An agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government, the Library includes several internal divisions (or service units), including the Office of the Librarian, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Copyright Office, Law Library of Congress, Library Services, the Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Office of Support Operations.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), known as Congress's think tank, is a public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works primarily and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.

Areas of Research: American Law; Domestic Social Policy; Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade; Government and Finance; Resources, Science and Industry


CRS Bill Digest: Digest of Public General Bills and Resolutions. Archived issues 1936-1990 HathiTrust

The CRS Review is a compilation of selected policy research and analysis for the U.S. Congress. Archived issues 1983-1992 HathiTrust

Major Legislation of the Congress was designed to provide congressional offices with concise summaries of current congressional issues and major legislation introduced in response to those issues. Archived issues 1979-1992 HathiTrust.