Portals for Searching

Portals cull information from various online sources, providing a single entry point for accessing information on particular topics.  Listed below are several portals dealing with government information.


This site is organized by topic and is a good starting point when looking for government resources.  Click on the Explore Topics tab near the top of the page to review the various subjects contained within the portal.

State Agencies Database

This site contains state agency database listings for every state and is regularly updated and maintained by government documents librarians throughout the country.  You will find information on businesses, licensed professionals, universities, and legislation among many other topics.  Although some of the information listed here is available on search engines such as Google much of it is only available on the invisible web, the part of the internet that is not indexed by standard search engines.

Scroll down and click on the state you’d like to explore.  You will see a list of contents.  You can click on any of these topics or continue scrolling down the page to access the information.


GovInfo provides authenticated access to official publications from all three branches of the U.S. Government. Popular resources such as the United States Budget, United States Code, Public and Private Laws, and Congressional Reports are listed on the left side of the page. You can search the database or browse it alphabetically, or by category, date, committee, or author.

Catalog of U.S. Federal Publications

The Catalog of United States Federal Publications is a finding tool for publications from all three branches of the U.S. government. Updated daily, it contains descriptive records for current and historical publications and provides direct links to those online.

California State Geoportal 

An interactive database providing geographic data, maps, and applications from more than 1,200 public data sets from dozens of state agencies.