Research Tools

Open CRS

American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports that are already in the public domain.

CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report. A number of libraries and non-profit organizations have sought to collect as many of the released reports as possible. Open CRS is a centralized utility that brings together these reports.

Unfortunately, there is no systematic way to obtain all CRS reports. Because of this, not all reports appear on the Open CRS web site. We believe that it would be far preferable for Congress to make available to the public all CRS Reports.

Project On Government Secrecy

Through research, advocacy, and public education, the FAS Project on Government Secrecyworks to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight.

The National Security Archive

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents (“the world’s largest nongovernmental collection” according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.

MuckRock

MuckRock is a non-profit, collaborative news site that brings together journalists, researchers, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyze, and share government documents, making politics more transparent and democracies more informed.

Data.gov

Federal site with 193,527 datasets.

FedStats

FedStats has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capabilities to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.

GovTrack

We publish the status of federal legislation and information about your representative and senators in Congress. Use GovTrack to track bills for updates or get alerts.  We also go beyond the official record with statistical analyses, bill summaries, and other tools to put information in context.  GovTrack was the first to create open data about Congress (see the developer docs), and we have successfully lobbied Congress to make more and better legislative information available to the public.

Legal Information Institute- Supreme Court

The LII publishes electronic versions of core materials in numerous areas of the law, both on the web and in other electronic products. They range from the Constitution to the U.S. Code, from Supreme Court decisions to the Code of Federal Regulations. It maintains this Internet site and its many resources. It builds software tools assisting Internet users and publishers. And through workshops and consultation it works to aid others who want to explore the full potential of electronic publication and communication.

Taubman Center

The Center focuses on several broad policy areas, most notably: public management, innovation, finance, and labor-management relations; urban development, transportation, land use, and environmental protection; education; civic engagement and social capital; and the impacts of information technologies on both government and governance.

The Center disseminates this research via publications, instruction in the Kennedy School’s graduate and executive education programs, sponsorship of conferences and workshops, and interactions with policymakers, public managers, and other scholars.

StateMaster

StateMaster was developed in order to provide a free educational resource for people looking for updated and essential information about the United States, giving people a greater insight into the study of our country. We seek to promote knowledge and education of the United States, by creating a central location where states can be compared on just about anything. We hope to create greater awareness and promote educated discussion of policy with reference to empirical data. We have created a site that’s a quick and ready reference, so that ordinary citizens can have greater access to the figures that shape our nation and thus be more involved in the political process, as well as be more educated participants in the community and economy.

Internet Archive

Archive of everything, including billions of web pages.

Academic Search Engines

Massive list of search engines for all things academic.

Full Text Reports

A top-tier research professional’s hand-picked selection of documents from academe, corporations, government agencies (including the Congressional Research Service), interest groups, NGOs, professional societies, research institutes, think tanks, trade associations, and more.

Social Science Research Network

SSRN’s eLibrary provides 712,186 research papers from 328,478 researchers across 24 disciplines.

CIA- The World Factbook 

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

CIA- Document Archive 

“Since 2000, CIA has installed and maintained an electronic full-text searchable system named CREST (the CIA Records Search Tool), at NARA II in College Park, Maryland. The CREST system is the publicly accessible repository of the subset of CIA records reviewed under the 25-year program in electronic format (manually reviewed and released records are accessioned directly into the National Archives in their original format). Over 11 million pages have been released in electronic format and reside on the CREST database, from which researchers have printed about 1.1 million pages.”

Global Firepower  

Provides an analytical display of data concerning world military powers. Over 100 world military powers are considered in the ranking.

U.N. Comtrade 

The largest depository of international trade data for all available countries and areas since 1962. It contains well over 1.1 billion data records.

U.N. Database 

Statistical database of the United Nations.

Wikileaks 

“WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them and we obtain more.” – Julian Assange