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 4 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

It's a mermaid! It's a sea monster! No, wait - it's a manatee!!

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ManateeTales of mermaid sightings and sea monster-infested waters have been part of folklore for centuries, but could these sea creatures all be traced back to something as docile as a manatee? Men sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493 witnessed what they thought were three mermaids floating in the water. They referred to their discovery as “sirena,” which is Spanish for mermaid, and they described them as “not as beautiful as they are painted.”  Later, sailors saw the beasts swimming with their rounded backs out of the water in a row and thought they were the humps of a giant serpent. This led to tales of sea monsters. In reality, what they were most likely seeing were manatees, sea mammals that are cousins to elephants, who live in somewhat-shallow, warm water and are known as “gentle giants.”

Fortunately we live in an age where we have access to more information than Christopher Columbus did. With the help of our Reference department, you can dig a little deeper into these topics.

Drones for Recreation

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Drones for recreational use are becoming very popular

If you own a small drone you could, until recently, fly it with very few restrictions.  But as drone use has increased and the ability to fly higher has improved, so have reports of problems.  The government has found it necessary to impose restrictions for safety’s sake.

In mid-October the FAA announced that all drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds (8.8 ounces / 249 grams) in a flight-ready state (with batteries, cameras, and everything else attached) will have to be registered with the FAA.


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.