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The following online resources augment the collections of the California State Library. These resources are available to California state government officials and employees and to all visitors in our reading rooms. California State employees, state legislative staff, appointed state officials and board members, officials and employees of the State Court, and faculty and staff of the University of California or California State University may obtain a State Library Card by applying online or calling (916) 323-9843.
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A collection of peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including many journals indexed in leading citation indexes. A combination of academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos covering disciplines ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law and literacy to mathematics, pharmacology, women’s studies, zoology and more.
This journal includes news of interest to veterinary researchers and peer-reviewed reports of applied research in veterinary medicine and associated biological sciences.
Contains the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838.
Provides access to full-text articles from over 900 newspapers throughout the United States, including over 100 California titles.
Contains approximately 4,000 databases for genealogical and historical research. Key collections include U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, New York and San Francisco passenger lists, World War I draft registration cards, World War II service records, the Social Security Death Index, UK census records from 1861-1901, historical maps, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage volumes, the Dawes Commission Index and the Federal Writers' Project Slave Narratives.
AppFT includes full-page images of patent applications from 2001 to the present.
Provides coverage of a wide range of STEM topics including artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, plastics, hydroponics, computer science, chemical engineering, energy resources and robotics, as well as the business and social implications of new technologies.
This archive preserves access to hundreds of California state agency sites.
Offers online access to historical documents from nearly 300 archival collections covering topics of importance to California, U.S. and world history.
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Provides similar content as Britannica School in Spanish for elementary and middle school for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
An up-to-date and age-appropriate information resource for elementary, middle, and high school students. Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.
Contains full-text journals in all business disciplines. Non-journal content includes company profiles, financial data, industry reports, market research reports, and Morningstar reports.
An online archive of video recordings of the proceedings of the California Legislature, March 2012 to October 2019, courtesy of the California Secretary of State.
California State Assembly Office of the Chief Clerk Archived Publications (Historic Statutes, Journals, Histories)
A comprehensive, searchable source of information on California ballot propositions and initiatives from 1911 to the present. Contains the full text of the initiatives, accompanying material relating to their filing and qualification, related legal and legislative history, and digital images of pertinent documents.
An interactive tool to search for executive orders and proclamations from every governor since California became a state in 1850 through 2007.
Research guides developed by the California State Library's California History Section on California-specific topics.
A continuation of the California Information File I, this database contains more than 85,000 references to California people, places, events, and subjects as they appear in the California State Library's periodicals, manuscript, postcard and ephemera collections.
An archive of California's legislative information (1993 through November, 2016) including legislative bills.
Public data collected by the state of California through its routine business activities and published in a format that is easy to search, easy to download, and easy to combine with other data sets from other sources.
The California Research Bureau (CRB) provides nonpartisan research services to the Governor and his staff, to both houses of the legislature, and to other state elected officials. These services include preparation of reports on current policy issues, which might cover topics such as the history of the issue, experiences and proposals in other states, case studies and examples, data analysis, and development of legislative proposals.
Search for California state agencies.
Official YouTube channel of the California State government, linking to videos and playlists of California departments and agencies.
A monthly listing of official publications received by the State Library from California governmental agencies.
The California Secretary of State’s office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks.
Online access to digitized resources from the California State Library's California History Section.
Includes ChemCollection containing over 75 global governmental datasets on chemical hazards and regulatory information and ReproCollection, a complete reproductive risk collection from databases worldwide with evaluations of reproductive effects of drugs and chemicals from a hazard potential identification, exposure reduction, medical and legal perspective. (Please register for access using your state agency email address.)
A large depository collection of local ordinance codes and charters issued by California cities and counties.
The California State Library's California History Room has city and county directories in several formats: paper, microfilm, and microfiche. This database lets you determine if we have the specific city directory you need, and it gives you the format and location.
A collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Includes Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers.
Information about members of Congress and access to legislation data, bill texts, Congressional Record, committee reports, nominations, House Communications, Senate Communications and treaty documents
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a federal legislative branch agency located within the Library of Congress, exclusively serves congressional committees and members of Congress. CRS reports provide Congress with both anticipatory and on-demand research and analysis to support their legislative, oversight, and representational duties. For older CRS reports, the California State Library has holdings from 1916-2008 in a number of formats.
Free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, it includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.
An open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. It incorporates EBSCO’s previously released American Doctoral Dissertations and features additional dissertation metadata contributed by select colleges and universities from around the world.
Search a single database or multiple EBSCO databases at once. Subjects covered by the databases include science, technology, medicine, education, library science, environment, business, sociology, psychology, and more.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's database of financial information on publicly held companies.
Spans all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and also includes educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing. Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,850 academic periodicals and includes full text for more than 1,800 journals, 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, and citations for articles including book reviews.
A biomedical database covering the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present. Search and access over 8,500 journals from over 95 countries, including MEDLINE titles.
Contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. Contains full text for more than 920 journals.
Free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. The California State Library owns most titles listed in the Education Resources Information Center database that have an ED number.
Full text access to 240 state, national and international newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Written from the perspectives of African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Arab, Jewish and European-American cultures, articles provide news analysis and commentary as well as points-of-view not covered in the mainstream media.
A comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750, this database containing over 32,000 citations covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.
Executive Orders and Proclamations from every governor since California became a state in 1850 through 2007.
Reports and data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), the Summary Reporting System (SRS), the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, and the Hate Crime Statistics Program.
A subscription service of the National Governor's Association and the National Conference of State Legislators. Tracks the fiscal impact of federal budget and policy decisions on state budgets and programs. A database of more than 200 federal grant-in-aid programs provides detailed information on federal funds available to California. State employees can contact Ethan Ableman at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive FFIS publications by email and/or get login information for the FFIS website.
Biographical information and additional resources for California's First Ladies/First Partners.
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The Gladding McBean Company manufactured decorative architectural elements from terra cotta at its factory in Lincoln, California. This database is an index of the Gladding McBean Company manuscript and photo collections in the California State Library containing references to over 6,500 job files from their company.
Biographical information and additional resources for California's Governors.
Is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. Govinfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. In December 2018 govinfo will replace its predecessor site FDsys.
A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment including global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
A searchable digital library of full-text collections of legal journals, texts, cases, statutes, regulations, presidential materials, treaties, as well as international and foreign legal journals, cases and materials. Content is in the original page-image (PDF) format, ensuring the authenticity of the original hardcopy document.
A collection of over 20,000 family and local history book titles and more than 250 primary source historical documents such as tax lists, city directories, church records and probate records dating back to the 1700s. Includes searchable images of U.S. federal census records from 1790 to 1930.
The nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The California State Library is able to offer access to the full collection of HSDL materials as a part of our role as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).
Online access to digitized resources from the California State Library.
This peer-reviewed, general scientific journal provides reports of clinical research, feature articles and regular columns of interest to veterinarians in private and public practice.
This bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more. Indexes journals, books, research reports, and proceedings.
A full-image archive of the nation's largest metropolitan daily. Every page of every issue from 1881 to 1993 cover to cover, including news stories, letters to the editor, editorials, obituaries, opinion polls, photos and maps in downloadable PDF format is available.
Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. It indexes over 5,400 current biomedical journals, providing full text for over 1,800 journals.
Public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people.
A search tool lets you locate all tables/figures/charts published in the inventory of NCES' National Education Data Resource Center (NEDRC) Postsecondary Tables Library; the Condition of Education; the Digest of Education Statistics; Indicators of School Crime and Safety and other NCES publications.
The NCHS website provides access to many health statistics sources, from published reports, to, data briefs on specific topics, and public use data files.
Assembles information from home pages and websites of the fifty state legislatures, District of Columbia, and Territories. View website content such as bills, press releases, and statutes from all states, one state, or a selected list of states.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Publications Search
A collection of historical and current U.S. Government-sponsored research reports, indexing and abstracting over 2.2 million titles, with over 700,000 of those technical reports as digitized full-text. Subjects include aeronautics, economics, natural resources, transportation, and many others.
Contains regulatory information for chemicals on national inventories, regulatory lists, and pre-manufacturing notifications for a single resource to quickly and easily answer compliance questions.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 160,000 criminal justice publications.
Access to current New York Times content, including breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion, blogs, videos, and more.
Registered state employee borrowers can access the New York Times through this URL. You will need to log in to your nytimes.com account or register for one and log in. Off-site users will get a 24-hour pass for access and will need to enter through this URL again to get another pass when it expires.
Access to current New York Times content, including breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion, blogs, videos, and more. Users in the California State Library buildings can access the New York Times through this URL. You will need to log in to your nytimes.com account or register for one and log in.
Access historic content for over 200 California newspaper titles from 1846-2003. Every part of every page is searchable, including local articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.
Over 150 California newspapers are available through a special partnership with the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) at the University of California, Riverside. Other California newspapers outside this collection and papers from other states and countries are not included as part of the State Library's access.
Online access to over 140 titles of Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California practice guides. Search CEB's publications to find expert step-by-step guidance, legal analysis, and forms for business law, criminal law, employment law, estate planning, family law, litigation, real property law, and other California legal topics.
View collection descriptions for materials held by the California State Library's California History Section.
View collection descriptions for materials held by the California State Library's Sutro Library.
This commercial online directory allows users to search for attorneys or law firms for specific legal situations.
Find contact information for a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) near you.
The PATENTSCOPE database provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.
The PATFT database includes full text U.S. patents (including utility, design, reissue, plant patents and SIR documents) from 1790 to the present.
An open-access, digital archive of non-partisan public policy research. It houses summaries and full text reports from think tanks, universities, government agencies, and foundations. A project of the non-profit Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) in partnership with the Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library and support from major U.S. charitable foundations.
Includes journal citations and full-text articles on the topics of emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
A service of the National Library of Medicine, providing access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. Includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis of critical social and economic issues such as education, poverty, crime, and the environment, as well as a range of national security issues. RAND utilizes a variety of documents to communicate and disseminate the results of its research in order to better meet the needs of policymakers and decisionmakers, researchers, and the general public.
Incorporates full-text coverage of business journals, newspapers, and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.
Find critical toxicological information with citations on over 174,000 chemical substances from more than 2,500 sources, including international journals, textbooks, technical reports, scientific proceedings, compendia, and more.)
Access to the electronic versions of thousands of books from industry-leading technical publishers. Covers a wide range of topics, including e-commerce, IT management, markup languages, networking, operating systems, programming, security, and web design, to help with virtually any programming or technical issue. Also covers business topics such as project management, sales and marketing, and professional development.
A full-image archive of the newspaper. Every page of every issue from 1865 to 1922 cover to cover, including news stories, letters to the editor, editorials, obituaries, opinion polls, photos and maps in downloadable PDF format is available.
Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.
A research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. (Please register for access using your state agency email address.)
Provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. Includes the Natural Science Collection databases for Agricultural & Environmental Science; Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science; and Biological Science and the Technology Collection databases for Advanced Technologies & Aerospace and Materials Science & Engineering.
The largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, featuring tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Delivers an overview of the world's research output in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
Provides coverage of journals, books, and conference papers in all aspects of sociological study including anthropology, criminology, demography, ethnic studies, politics, social work and substance abuse.
Links to PDF versions of the SLAA reports received by the California State Library.
An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States from 1878 to 2012.
An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States from 2013 to the present.
A comprehensive full-text database geared specifically toward addressing the needs of research and development. Contains over 6,000 full-text journals, including more than 5,500 peer-reviewed journals in science, technology, engineering and medicine. Offers content from more than 9,400 publications including journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
A suite of instructional resources that enrich the fiction and nonfiction books read by children and young adults. Includes book guides & lesson plans, diverse books, literature-based vocabulary lists, meet-the-author videos and book readings, and resources for award-winning books.
The California State Library's California History Room has telephone directories covering the years 1878-2006 in a variety of formats (paper, microfilm and microfiche). This database lets you determine if we have the specific telephone directory you need.
The Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) provides for on-line searching of existing trademark application and registration information.
Data about the American people and economy.
Contains reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the period 1817 to 1980.
Information on keeping your money and identity secure with the latest from the FTC, America's consumer protection agency.
Information on U.S. copyright.
Access to the Copyright Public Records Catalog online, 1978 to present.
Resources regarding U.S. patents and trademarks.
Library of Congress online guide to law in states and territories, legal links, and general law sources.
A searchable database of U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1760. Supreme Court opinions are browsable by year and U.S. Reports volume number, and are searchable by party name, case title, citation, full text, and docket number.
Produced by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Includes global statistical data on a variety of topics including agriculture, education, employment, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, population, refugees, trade and tourism.
Current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide.
Search for U.S. government information by topic and agency.
The preeminent publication for business news and information on financial markets worldwide. Users can quickly access not only top news stories about companies, people and products, but also detailed information from all the paper's sections including editorials, letters to the editor, stock and bond prices and currency exchange rates from 1984 to present.