May 20, 2022

Research Tools: A New Version of the Congressional Research Service’s “The Constitution Annotated” is Now Online and it’s Easier to Search and Browse

From a Blog Post by Robert Brammer (via In Custodia Legis/Law Library of Congress:

Constitution Day is tomorrow [9/17], but it’s already off to a great start with the release of the Congressional Research Service’s new version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, better known as the Constitution AnnotatedThe Constitution Annotated allows you to “read about the Constitution in plain English…providing a comprehensive overview of Supreme Court decisions interpreting the United States Constitution.” The Constitution Annotated is a Senate document created by the Congressional Research Service that makes the Constitution accessible to all Americans, regardless of their background in law. In the past, the web version of this document, which is linked from, consisted of PDFs that could be challenging to search. With this release, the document is available in a more accessible and user-friendly HTML format that is convenient to search and browse.


The Constitution Annotated also has some great bonus features that you’ll find at the bottom of the page, including discussions of featured issues in Constitutional Law, Library of Congress resources for researching the Constitution, as well as a Highlights and Resources section. The Highlights and Resources section includes two resources that we often use in our work at the reference desk, the Table of Supreme Court Decisions Overruled by Subsequent Decisions and the Table of Laws Held Unconstitutional in Whole or in Part by the Supreme Court.

Learn Much More, View Search Examples in the Complete Blog Post

Direct to the Constitution Annotated

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