Research & Resources

Subject Guides

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Focused on a specific topic, our subject guides can help you discover the resources you need.

Apps for Researchers

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Introducing Apps for our Databases  

We're pleased to be able to offer 3 distinct apps to you for download on your iOS or Android devices: 

  • Mango Languages for Libraries,  
  • EBSCOhost,
  • and AccessMyLibrary

are provided for free to use with our database subscriptions. These apps together give you access to 70+ databases on your mobile device. For more information please see our Apps For Researchers page.

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News from the Reference Desk

Dogs - How Smart Are They?

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Publicity photo for the tv show "Lassie"  showing the actor who played Timmy and the dog who played LassieDo you remember the tv show “Lassie” (1954 – 1973)?  Every week the charismatic collie would discover one of her human companions in a life-or-death struggle and she was the only one who could get help. But, no worries – this wonder dog would always save the day.  She would race back to the family farmhouse, then she would bark and bark until one of the humans realized that there was trouble and they should follow her. The suspense of each episode rested mainly on the fact that Lassie couldn’t speak. She was incredibly smart. She could understand humans, but she could not speak.

Little did we know when we were cheering Lassie on that these same issues would become the subject of research. In fact, researchers in Hungary announced last week that domestic dogs understand much more than we thought they did. We have long known that pet dogs have many words that they recognize (such as “squirrel”, “treat”, or “go”) but it is also true that they understand concepts in somewhat the same way humans do.  Previous research has shown that chimpanzees, gorillas, and dolphins may understand human speech beyond vocabulary, too.  

Enjoy Autumn Outside

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Women jogging at sunsetThe weather is finally cooling down enough that going outside almost sounds bearable. If you want to try a new sport, take up running, or just enjoy a leisurely walk in the park, we have some resources that can help keep you informed and (hopefully!)...

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The UA Archives: our digital initiative

UA Archives is the Upper Arlington Public Library’s digital library initiative. Through the UA Archives, the library partners with local organizations and individuals to digitally preserve our community’s historical resources and make them available online. You can use the UA Archives to:

Learn more or Visit the archives

Reference Services: About Us

Reference Services: (614) 486-3342
Manager: Mark Mangini


Whether you are looking for magazine & newspaper articles, online databases, quality Internet sites, or business, career, or consumer information, our reference librarians are eager to help.

Our skilled staff will guide you through the maze of resources available in the library and online. They can help you find everything from the price of a used car to the chemical structure of saccharine.

Visit us downstairs at our Tremont Road location, send us your question using the E-mail Reference contact form, or call us at (614) 486-3342.

Reference Services

Reference Databases & Periodicals Our online databases & reference eBooks provide instant access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, and professional journals—as well as business and investment, science, history, literature, and genealogical sources. Most of these databases are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from your home or office.
Recommended Internet Sites Our reference librarians have assembled a list of reliable Internet sites. Simply browse these sites by category to find the information you need.
E-mail Reference Our e-mail reference service provides answers to brief, factual questions within 24 hours, excluding holidays. For more involved questions please visit the Reference Department, or call us at (614) 486-3342.
Test Proctoring As part of our mission to encourage lifelong learning, the library offers free test proctoring to students when possible. This service is available through the Reference Department at the Main Library.