5 Favored Notes on CRSReports.com

Antoine McGrath
Apr 7, 2016 · 2 min read

We’ve been up for less than 6 months and have already received dozens of public notes on the CRS project. Thank you!

Your notes on our project have been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. Yes we’ve also received a couple critical ones, and we welcome them! -(Even if Bill & I don’t readily make time to implement their solutions). If enough critiques come in I’ll make a post of them as well (yes I’m thinking of your critique Barco 2.0, Law Library Ref, University of Pittsburgh School of Law: ‘The “Search” function is, at present, rudimentary.’ is both a helpful and motivating critique). Until then here are the 5 favored notes:

— Onto the 5 favored notes, plus links to them in full:

  1. Georgetown Law Library Blog (archived)

“While in law school, students can access CRS Reports from a number of our subscription databases, with ProQuest Congressional being the most popular, but once out in the real world, you might need to access these policy reports for free. CRSReports.com now makes that available.

2. University at Buffalo Lib., The State University of New York (archived)

“Due to budgetary constraints, the UB Lexis Nexis Academic subscription is canceled effective September 1, 2015. We apologize for this inconvenience… Related Databases… CRSReports.com”

3. Washington Post

“A new website is cracking open Congress’s secretive in-house think tank with a free, publicly accessible archive of 33,000 research reports on public policy issues from the U.S. Postal Service to Bitcoin.”

4. The Center for Innovative Justice and Technolog, An Initiative of the Internet Bar Organization (archived)

“The website CRSReports.com is leading an initiative to create a public archive of 33,000 research papers on policy issues that have long been contained in the confidential files of Senators and Representatives. The Congressional Research Service — Congress’s in-house think tank — has provided nonpartisan research studies to lawmakers for 101 years, most of which are never made available to the public.”

5. American Association of Law Libraries (archived)

“Roundup and Review: There’s a new site hosting CRS reports, aptly called CRSReports.com. While this a helpful site for research, as explained above, AALL strongly believes the government should host these reports”

For these favored notes & all the rest thank you!

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