How to Cite a CRS Report

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How to Cite a CRS Report
Research librarians have special expertise in citing challanging material. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A CRS report is produced by researchers charged with providing objective research papers to members of congress and their staff. CRS reports are an extremely reputable source of information, particularly on issues of government and policy and are cited in the same manner as reports completed by other federal agencies. Below is the guide to citing CRS reports in the Chicago Manual Style.

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  1. 1

    Unlike ordinary documents, where the cite begins with the author of the article, with CRS reports the cite begins with the name of the agency that produced the report. For CRS reports the agency is always the Congregational Research Service, followed by a period and the title of the article.

  2. 2

    Identify the report number and date. The report number can be found at the bottom left corner of the front page. The date appears on the top of the cover page, after the name of the author. Write the report number and date in parenthesis after the title, followed by a comma.

  3. 3

    Locate the name of the report author. The author's name can be found at the top of the front page. If no author is identified, skip this step. Write "by" an then the author's first and last name, followed by a period.

  4. 4

    Note the database where you found the CRS report. If you were given the report by another party, locate the CRS report in a database for citation purposes. Proquest and Open CRS are common databases. Write "Text in" followed by colon, then followed by full name of database. End with a semicolon.

  5. 5

    Complete the citation string with the date you accessed the material. If you are unsure when you first accessed the report, re-access to get a accurate date for when the report was present in the database. Write "accessed" followed by colon, and the date. Write the date in the following format: Month 00, 0000.

Tips and warnings

  • Missing or improper citations can result in plagiarism.

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