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Congressional Resources in CRS Research Centers and the La Follette Congressional Reading Room

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RL33823

Topic: Education (Information services and sources)

Abstract:

Congressional staff and interns seeking quick facts, legislative information, Congressional Research Service (CRS) publications, and reference and research assistance may come in person to CRS facilities located in Library of Congress and in House and Senate office buildings. These include the Senate Research Center (SRC) in Russell B-07, the Rayburn Research Center (RRC) in Rayburn B-355, and the La Follette Congressional Reading Room (LCRR) in the Madison building LM202 and LM-204. The LCRR and research centers provide access to CRS products; Internet and online sources, including the CRS website and the Legislative Information Service; magazine and newspaper collections and indexing tools; a variety of standard reference books; and legislative and public policy materials useful to congressional offices. Staff and intern user self-service is welcomed, with guidance provided by CRS reference staff as needed.

This report, originally authored by Merete F. Gerli, describes the types of CRS products and a selection of the most frequently used printed and online reference sources available in the reading room and research centers for use by congressional staff. These deal with legislation and public policy; bills, congressional documents, laws, and regulations; Congress, elections, and politics; the federal government; directories of organizations, associations, corporations, state agencies, educational institutions, and the media; biographical information; data on foreign countries and international affairs; quick facts and statistics; and special collections such as quotations.

This report will be updated as warranted.