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Much of the real work of Congress is performed not on the floor of the House or Senate, but in the hearing rooms and offices of hundreds of congressional committees and subcommittees. There, legislative policy is debated and developed, informed to a large extent by analysis found in Committee Prints and CRS reports. Both help legislators formulate policy decisions and provide to the public an idea of how Congress comes to its policy-making conclusions. Where the documents diverge is in their point of view. CRS reports provide an impartial view of the topic at hand while Committee Prints set forth partisan viewpoints. By combining the two complementary document types into one collection, the ProQuest Congressional Research Digital Collection allows users to consider policy decision from a fuller view, giving their research more contextual relevance. In addition, this collection provides researchers with clearly stated summaries of many issues of the day, and can be used as a jumping-off point to begin research on a wide variety of topics in almost all academic disciplines.
CRS reports are written by subject experts, intended as brief, authoritative, nonpartisan, and objective background information on topics of interest to Congress as well as to researchers working in a wide variety of subject areas.
CRS reports are not widely available, and reports are not distributed outside of Congress. Many of the more recent reports are posted on the web, but no comprehensive archive exists. ProQuest’s archive is the broadest and most comprehensive available – CRS is a subscriber! We actively seek to add additional older reports whenever we come across them, in addition to making sure that we include all new reports as they are released.
CRS reports cover a wide range of topics considered by Congress – national defense, education, energy policy, legislative and legal analysis, immigration, terrorism, economic policy, relations with foreign countries, agriculture, environmental issues, health care, technology, and much more.
Included with committee prints are a wide variety of miscellaneous congressional documents, including publications from the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, Republican and Democratic Policy Committees, and congressional commissions such as the 9/11 Commission. Access Internet-only congressional publications not archived in any other central place.
CRS authors have academic credentials equal to those who submit articles to academic journals – and their main job is to quickly turn out accurate and comprehensive reports on hot public policy topics. Journals rarely have the same sense of urgency and timeliness.
Other free sources provide some CRS reports – most only provide selective coverage, where CRDC provides the most comprehensive coverage of ALL CRS reports – and more are added each week. Plus, our superior indexing is not available on these other free sources. What good is free if you can’t find what you are looking for?
ProQuest is the only provider who is collecting and digitizing all available congressional committee prints and CRS reports. All content is in one place, and it is cross-searchable with other congressional digital modules. Users just have to run ONE search to bring back all of the congressional publications relevant to the search query.
Congressional committee historic and investigative reports are frequently included in this collection. Recent investigative reports examine such events as the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, the 2012 losses incurred by JP Morgan Chase & Co., and national security issues posed by Chinese telecommunications companies doing business in the U.S.