Online Resources

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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. Please check our Internet Links for additional online resources.

The electronic databases offered to California State government employees through the California State Library are listed on our Online Resources webpage.

The State Library uses internet protocol (IP) addresses to connect state employees to the online resources via their work computers. On our Online Resources web page, click a database name and when connected to that resource you can begin searching. If you are prompted for a username and password, your state agency may not have provided your computer's IP address to the State Library. Please ask the IT staff at your agency to contact our Information Services staff in order to check the IP address for database access.

Please contact our Information Services staff at cslinfo@library.ca.gov or (916) 323-9843 if you have any questions about the California State Library's online resources.

Using their California State Library borrower card number, state employees can access the Library's online resources from their home computers. You can apply for a library card online.

On our Online Resources web page, click a database name. You will be prompted for your California State Library card number and password. Enter the card number and password and click submit. You should then be connected to the database and can begin searching.

Please contact our Information Services staff at cslinfo@library.ca.gov or (916) 323-9843 if you have any questions about the California State Library's online resources.

  • America's News (NewsBank) (Details)

    Provides access to full-text articles from over 900 newspapers throughout the United States, including over 100 California titles.

  • California Digital Newspaper Collection
  • Ethnic NewsWatch (Details)

    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.

  • Los Angeles Times Historic 1881 to 1993 (Details)

    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.

  • Newspapers.com (Details)

    Through a special partnership with the California Digital Newspaper Collection, Newspapers.com provides exclusive access to over 30 newspapers in the University of California, Riverside collection, including the Oakland Tribune, and papers from San Bernardino, Santa Cruz, and other cities. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.)

  • NewspaperARCHIVE (Details)

    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.

  • San Francisco Chronicle Historic 1865 to 1922 (Details)

    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.

  • Wall Street Journal (Details)

    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.

  • Academic Search Complete
    (multi-subject scholarly journals) (Details)

    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.

  • Business Source Complete
    (business journals and news) (Details)

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

  • Digital Commons Network (Details)

    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.

  • GreenFile
    (human impact to the environment) (Details)

    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.

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (Details)

    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.

  • MEDLINE with Full Text
    (medical journals via EBSCO) (Details)

    Created by the National Library of Medicine, 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.

  • NCJRS Abstracts Database
    (criminal justice and substance abuse) (Details)

    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.

  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO) (Details)

    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.

  • PubMed (medical articles) (Details)

    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.

  • Regional Business News (EBSCO)
    (U.S. metro and rural business news)(Details)

    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.

  • SocINDEX with Full Text
    (sociological journals) (Details)

    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.

  • Safari Tech Books Online (Details)

    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.

  • American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries (Details)

    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. (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.)

  • Business Source Complete
    (business journals and news) (Details)

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

  • Foreign Firms Operating in the United States (Details)

    Foreign companies listed have a substantial investment in American operations. Parent company information and US subsidiary are retrieved. Search results can be downloaded into Excel for further sorting. (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.)

  • Regional Business News (EBSCO)
    (U.S. metro and rural business news) (Details)

    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.

  • Wall Street Journal (Details)

    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.

  • American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955 (Details)

    This print index includes nearly 100,000 citations to twenty-two years of dissertation research. It represents the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities during that period of time.

  • Education Source (Details)

    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.

  • ERIC (educational resources) (Details)

    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.

  • Teacher Reference Center (Details)

    Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

  • Ancestry.com (U.S. and U.K. historical resources) (Details)

    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.

  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 (Details)

    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.

  • HeritageQuest Online (family and local history resources) (Details)

    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.

  • American State Papers, 1789 to 1838 (Details)

    Contains the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838.

  • California State Government YouTube (Details)

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

  • FDsys (Federal Digital System) (Details)

    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 (FFIS) (Details)

    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.

  • Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) (Details)

    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).

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

    Contains reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the period 1817 to 1980.

  • California State Library Catalogs
    (books, journals, reports, videos, images, etc. in the library's collections)
  • California Libraries Catalog (libraries throughout California)
  • Melvyl Catalog (Univ. of Calif. libraries and the State Library) (Details)

    Contains records of UC's books, periodicals, serials, as well as records of other materials such as maps, videos and sound recordings. 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.

  • WorldCat.org (materials in libraries worldwide)
  • California Research Bureau Reports (Details)

    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.

  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) (Details)

    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.

  • PolicyArchive (Details)

    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.

  • RAND Research Reports (Details)

    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.

  • RAND State Statistics (Details)

    Contains statistical data at the national, state, and local levels. RAND US contains nearly 200 social science databases covering all 50 U.S. states. The CA collection contains these U.S. databases, plus about 80 detailed databases on California. Databases are arranged by section, which range from population & demographics to health care to transportation. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.)

  • Statistical Insight (ProQuest) (Details)

    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.)

  • UNdata (United Nations) (Details)

    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.

  • USA Trade Online (Details)

    Current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide.

  • Safari Tech Books Online (Details)

    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.

  • Digital Commons Network

    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. Link to the database

  • Education Source

    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. Link to the database

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

    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. Link to the database

  • Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)

    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. Link to the database

  • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750

    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. Link to the database

  • GreenFILE (EBSCO)

    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. Link to the database

  • HeinOnline

    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.) Link to the database

  • HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest)

    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. Link to the database

  • Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)

    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). Link to the database

  • MEDLINE with Full Text (EBSCO)

    Created by the National Library of Medicine, 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. Link to the database

  • Melvyl Catalog (University of California)

    Contains records of UC's books, periodicals, serials, as well as records of other materials such as maps, videos and sound recordings. 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. Link to the database

  • National Conference of State Legislatures (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. Link to the database

  • National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)

    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. Link to the database

  • 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. Link to the database

  • Newspapers.com

    Through a special partnership with the California Digital Newspaper Collection, Newspapers.com provides exclusive access to over 30 newspapers in the University of California, Riverside collection, including the Oakland Tribune, and papers from San Bernardino, Santa Cruz, and other cities. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.) Link to the database

  • NewspaperARCHIVE

    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. Link to the database

  • OnLAW (CEB)

    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. (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.) Link to the database

  • PolicyArchive

    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. Link to the database

  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm

    This resource is no longer available. Due to budget shortfalls, we are evaluating our subscriptions. Send comments to Kimberly.Brown@library.ca.gov

  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO)

    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. Link to the database

  • PubMed (medical articles)

    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. Link to the database

  • 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. Link to the database

  • RAND State Statistics

    Contains statistical data at the national, state, and local levels. RAND US contains nearly 200 social science databases covering all 50 U.S. states. The CA collection contains these U.S. databases, plus about 80 detailed databases on California. Databases are arranged by section, which range from population & demographics to health care to transportation. (Limited to onsite use at the California State Library in Sacramento and the Sutro Library in San Francisco.) Link to the database

  • Regional Business News (EBSCO)

    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. Link to the database

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

    Contains reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the period 1817 to 1980. Link to the database

  • USA Trade Online

    Current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide. Link to the database

  • UNdata (United Nations)

    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. Link to the database

  • Wall Street Journal (ProQuest)

    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. Link to the database

  • WorldCat.org (materials in libraries worldwide)