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Pink Slime and the Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a new report on the recent pink slime controversy. But Congress hasn’t made it publicly available.  You can find this report at Secrecy News (a blog of the Federation of American Scientists):

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the U.S.  Congress.  Since 1914 this Library of Congress “think tank” has provided Congress with research and objective analysis on a wide variety of topics.  CRS reports and issue briefs are widely regarded as a source of non-partisan, timely, and accurate information, but Congress does not make these reports easily available to the public.  Traditionally, if you wanted a CRS report, you had had to ask your Representative in Congress to send you a paper copy (or a PDF). 

CRS reports are now available through a few commercial vendors, including ProQuest Congressional (1916—present ), which you can access from the Library’s website, under Online Resources.

You can also find collections of CRS reports that are in the public domain at the following sites:

  • Open CRS:  searchable database of over 10,000 CRS reports (including many libraries’ collections).
  • National Council for Science and the Environment: posts CRS reports on the environment and related topics. The site provides a search engine including title, author, topic and date with over 2000 reports listed.
  • Federation of American Scientists posts CRS reports on the following subjects: Intelligence; Military and National Security; Space and Science; and Nuclear, Chemical and Missile Weapons and Proliferation.
  • U.S. State Department’s Foreign Press Center posts a small number of reports, updated daily, on subjects including foreign nations, terrorism, foreign assistance, and military affairs.
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center posts intellectual property, cyber-law, and electronic commerce related documents from 1993 to the present.
  • Thurgood Marshall Law Library has a collection of CRS reports that you can view by subjects such as Taxation, Criminal Law & Procedure, Election Law, Labor and Employment and many others.
  • University of North Texas Libraries provides searchable access to over 11,000 CRS reports dating back to 1970. You can also browse by subject.

If you need help finding CRS reports or any other Congressional publications, just ask for assistance at the reference desk!

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