Database Searches

State employees and members and staff of the State Legislature may request subject searches of online databases for official state business. There is no charge for this service.

For most searches, you can contact the Information Services Section (916) 654-0261 or For specialized searches in legal literature, contact the Law Library (916) 654-0185 or Or, you may prefer to visit the State Library between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to discuss your search request in person. A Librarian will help you to refine your search, decide on search terms and conduct the search for you.

You will be notified when the search is completed. Depending on the nature and complexity of the request, online searches can take up to several days to complete. Please allow adequate time.

Online searches provide you with bibliographic citations to books, newspapers, magazine and journal articles, as well as government and technical reports. Results usually include abstracts and sometimes the complete text. When you decide what items you wish to see in full, State Library staff will obtain them for you from the State Library's collections or try to borrow them from other libraries.

Available databases include Dialog, Lexis/Nexis, National Library of Medicine, as well as many sources available through the Internet. Also available is Melvyl, the online catalog for the libraries of the University of California. Subject areas include business and management, computer science, education, environment, health and medical sciences, humanities, law, public affairs, social sciences and technology.