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, 
  • ReferenceUSA for iPad, 
  • 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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See a list of suggested resources for those who need help or want to learn more. Read more

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News from the Reference Desk

Who's Who of Women Computer Pioneers

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Did you know that the word ‘computer’ evolved directly from the word for humans who crunched the numbers necessary for research projects in the 1940s? In the era before computers, large groups of people, mostly women, were hired at relatively low wages to do routine computations. Some of these women held Master’s degrees in Mathematics and went on to become innovators in the field, especially as programmers and computer language developers.

To read more about these and other women in the early days of computers, take a look at the following articles from the library’s databases: Portrait of Ada Lovelace

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Winter Workouts

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Winter is really here.  What does that do to your winter workout?  Do you switch to indoor workouts? 

If it’s not extremely cold outside you may continue your outdoor exercise plan.  It can be healthful and invigorating if you do it sensibly. 

I have gathered some guidelines found in the library’s databases that will let you walk, run, cycle and play in the safest manner possible this winter.

  • A recent article in the Washington Post contains interviews with several people who don’t mind the extra effort needed to enjoy various outdoor activities in the winter months.  The author also offers advice for staying protected from the cold. 
  • An older article from the Washington Post discusses the science behind outdoor workouts in winter. 
  • The World of Sports Science weighs in with an article explaining the effects of cold temperatures on the body and setting out a few precautions.
  • An article from Current Health Teens encourages outdoor pursuits such a skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and, if you don’t want to invest in any extra equipment – hiking!
  • A short article that appeared in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch last November covers advice from a woman physician in New England who regularly runs in winter. 
  • The Canadian magazine Alive! Published an article with good advice for winter runners.
  • And for the really adventuresome, the same Canadian magazine offers some suggestions on challenging winter activities such as ice climbing.

Obviously if it’s too cold, you must move your workout indoors. Here are some recommendations for indoor activities:

  • If you are an accomplished athlete you will appreciate the three treadmill workouts for winter that appeared in Running and FitNews in 2011.
  • If you are a cardiac patient Heart Advisor describes how you can move your exercise regimen indoors.
  • There’s even a helpful article for people who are wheelchair-bound.  It is titled Quick Winter Workouts and is from PN magazine.

I hope this short list of articles will inspire you to remain active this winter and to use the library’s databases to find information to make your life healthier and more rewarding.  

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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:

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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 & PeriodicalsOur 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 SitesOur reference librarians have assembled a list of reliable Internet sites. Simply browse these sites by category to find the information you need.
E-mail ReferenceOur 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.
Chat ReferenceThis statewide program answers your reference questions and provides homework assistance through a 24-hour live online service. Simply log in with your Ohio zip code, and your questions will be answered via a chat session with a reference librarian.
Test ProctoringAs 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.