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Government Information

California State Government Information

Stylized version of the California State Flag's Bear and Star and the words "CA.gov"

The State of California produces government information and statistics on a wide variety of topics that can be used by practitioners, researchers and students. This guide introduces users to the most useful databases and websites for finding this information. The State of California, like other states and governments, offers comprehensive search engine or portal to government information. See: https://www.ca.gov/ . These can be great places to start, As one looks through the results it helpful to note which government agency or department is responsible for producing and disseminating the desired information as well the publication schedule and depository requirements.      

State Documents

The UC Davis is a Depository Library for California State government documents. As such, the Peter J. Shields Library has a large collection of historical and current California government documents. While state government documents are received in paper copy, and increasing number of California State government documents may only be available via State agency web sites. State government documents, both in paper copy and online, are represented in the Library catalog.

UC Davis researchers also benefit from its proximity to the California State Library in Sacramento. See the link to the State Library below.  

Print material housed in the Peter J. Shields Library are mainly located on the lower level in the Government Information closed stacks collection. They can be retrieved and checked out whenever the library is open.  Publications located in the Government Information stacks can be identified by the “Doc” in front of the call number that you’ll find in the catalog. Please ask at the first floor Information Desk when an assistant is available; at other times ask at the Shields Library Circulation Services to have a staff member retrieve a known document by call number.