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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Academic Search Complete is a multi-discipline, full text database covering nearly all academic areas of study – including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers.

American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries (Uniworld)

This directory contains American companies that have a substantial investment in overseas operations. In the American Firms directory, the parent company information, US branch locations and foreign subsidiaries are retrieved. Search results can be downloaded into Excel for further sorting.

American State Papers, 1789 to 1838 (Readex)

The Archive of Americana's American State Papers database contains the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838.

America's Newspapers (NewsBank)

The America's Newspapers database provides access to full-text articles from over 550 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. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.)


The business database in AtoZdatabases has over 30 million U.S. business profiles. Detailed data includes industry specifics, employee size, sales, competitors, executive titles and email addresses, historic data, and more. Search by geography, industry, executives, or ownership. AtoZdatabases also includes 2 million new businesses, 220 million U.S. residents, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and more. (Limited to registered state employee borrowers.)

Business Source Complete (EBSCO)

Business Source Complete contains full text journals in all business disciplines. Non-journal content includes company profiles, financial data, industry reports, market research reports and Morningstar reports.

California Ballot Propositions (University of California, Hastings College of the Law)

The California Ballot Initiatives Database is a comprehensive, searchable source of information on California ballot initiatives from 1911 to the present. The database 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.

California Research Bureau Reports

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.

California State Government YouTube

The official YouTube channel of the California State government, linking you to videos and playlists of California departments and agencies.

Congressional Research Digital Collection (ProQuest)

Congressional Research Digital Collection combines Congressional Research Service reports (CRS) and Congressional Committee Prints to give users a comprehensive view of U.S. legislative documents since 2004. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.)

Education Research Complete (EBSCO)

Education Research Complete offers full text journals, books and conference papers covering all areas of education from early childhood to higher education, as well as curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, professional development and related social issues.

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center (U.S. Department of Education)

ERIC provides 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.

Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)

Ethnic NewsWatch provides 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 in Ethnic NewsWatch provide news analysis and commentary as well as points-of-view not covered in the mainstream media.

Federal Digital System

The Federal Digital System (FDsys), developed by the U.S. Government Printing Office, provides permanent public access to electronic U.S. government information published by the U.S. Congress, Federal Executive agencies, and the Federal Court System.

Federal Funds Information for States

Federal Funds Information for States, FFIS, is a subscription service of the National Governor's Association and the National Conference of State Legislators. FFIS 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.

Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Plus

Fold3 is a collection of more than 60 million pages of historical documents including military records, Census records, city directories, photographs, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, personal histories, state records, and more.

Foreign Firms Operating in the United States (Uniworld)

Foreign companies listed have a substantial investment in American operations. In the Foreign Firms directory, the parent company information and US subsidiary are retrieved. Search results can be downloaded into Excel for further sorting.

Gale Directory Library Complete

Because of funding priorities, this database is no longer available.


GreenFile is 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. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides scholarly, full text journal articles focusing on nursing and allied health.


HeinOnline is 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. (Anyone can access using computers or wireless at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco. State employees with library cards can log in from anywhere.)

HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest)

HeritageQuest Online is 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. HertageQuest Online includes searchable images of U.S. federal census records from 1790 to 1930.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is 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).

Leadership Library Online

This is the online version of Leadership Directories' Yellow Book series. Contact and biographical information is listed for government officers, executives and professionals at all branches of federal and state government, corporations, media, associations, law firms, foreign representative and nonprofit sectors.

LegalTrac (Gale Cengage)

Because of funding priorities, this database is no longer available.

Los Angeles Times Historic 1881 – 1989 (ProQuest)

The Historic Los Angeles Times is a full-image archive of the nation's largest metropolitan daily. Every page of every issue from 1881 to 1989 cover to cover, including news stories, letters to the editor, editorials, obituaries, opinion polls, photos and maps in downloadable PDF format is available.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO)

MasterFILE Premier contains full text and abstracted journal articles on a broad range of topics including general interest, business, health, consumer and multi-cultural issues.

MEDLINE with Full Text (EBSCO)

Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search for journal articles in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care. The complete text is provided for nearly 1,200 journals indexed in MEDLINE.

Melvyl Catalog (University of California)

The Melvyl Catalog contains records of UC's books, periodicals, serials, as well as records of other materials such as maps, videos and sound recordings. The Melvyl Catalog also includes holdings of the California State Library, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Graduate Theological Union.

Mergent Online Manuals via the Mergent WebReports™ interface provides access to corporate history, business descriptions and detailed financial statements, for every Mergent (formerly Moody’s) Manual published: Industrial Manual since 1920, OTC Unlisted Manual since 1986, Public Utility Manual since 1914, International Manual since 1981, OTC Industrial Manual since 1970, Bank & Finance Manual since 1928 and the Transportation Manual since 1909.

MyHeritage Library Edition (EBSCO)

MyHeritage Library Edition is a large, internationally diverse genealogy database. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and other resources. It is a multilingual family history research database available in 40 languages.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

NCSL 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.

National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)

National Technical Reports Library is 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.

NCJRS Abstracts Database

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 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.


OnLAW gives online access to over 140 titles of Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California practice guides. With OnLAW you can 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. (Anyone can access using computers or wireless at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco. State employees with library cards can log in from anywhere.)

Plunkett Research Online

Because of funding priorities, this database is no longer available.

PolicyArchive (Center for Governmental Studies)

PolicyArchive is 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. PolicyArchive is 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.


Access current editions of electronic newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle, La Opinion, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, and national and international papers in full-color, full-page format. The service also provides up to a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire backfile.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm™

ProQuest Digital Microfilm™ features recent microfilmed newspapers – cover-to-cover and in full-image for online viewing and retrieval including the Los Angeles Times-Record Edition, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Examiner. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.) Note: Browser capability limited to Microsoft Internet Explorer.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

RAND Research Reports (RAND)

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking 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.

Regional Business News (EBSCO)

Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Safari Tech Books Online (ProQuest)

Safari Tech Books Online provides access to the electronic versions of thousands of books from industry-leading technical publishers such as O'Reilly & Associates, Addison-Wesley Professional, Adobe Press, Cisco Press, Peachpit Press, Sun Microsystems Press, Que, Sams and Microsoft Press. This collection 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.

San Francisco Chronicle Historic 1865 to 1922

The Historic San Francisco Chronicle is a full-image archive. 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 of the Total Environment

Science of the Total Environment is an international journal for publication of original research on the total environment, which includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and anthroposphere.


Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus delivers an overview of the world's research output in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO)

SocINDEX with Full Text 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. In addition, SocINDEX with Full Text features over 10,000 author profiles covering the most cited authors in the database.

State Stats

State Stats provides comprehensive data coverage of each state including health care, crime, education and more. There is data from more than 80 different sources covering more than 15 years that can be explored using the mapping and graphing tools and compared with other data sets.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)

Published annually by the Federal government since 1878, the Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country. Now compiled and annotated by ProQuest, it is a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

Statistical Insight (ProQuest)

Use Statistical Insight to find statistics from 1973 to the present on population, economic conditions, labor, health, education, natural resources, pollution and many other topics from U.S. government and business reports. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.)

USA Trade Online

USA Trade Online provides current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento.)

U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817 to 1980 (Readex)

The Archive of Americana's U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the period 1817 to 1980.

UNdata (United Nations)

UNdata, 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.

Wall Street Journal (ProQuest)

The Wall Street Journal is considered the preeminent publication for business news and information on financial markets worldwide. The electronic edition of the Wall Street Journal is popular in a variety of research environments because 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.