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

After Hamilton

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Portrait of John MarshallIf you’re a fan of the musical, you might wonder about what happened to the Federalist party after Hamilton. One month before Jefferson’s term began in 1801, Federalist John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. While this is a powerful position now, at the time, the Supreme Court didn’t have any clear purpose, or even have a regular location where they could meet - until 1810, overlooked in the official plan, they met in the basement of the Senate building.

Enter Marshall, another Federalist with an excellent brain. One of President John Adams’s final acts in office was to appoint Federalists to newly-created judicial positions, so he could stack the judiciary against the Democratic-Republicans. Thomas Jefferson sought to remove these “midnight judges,” and in many cases succeeded. William Marbury, one such commissioned judge, had never received his commission - it should have been delivered, but in the last-minute confusion, John Marshall himself, the then-Secretary of State, had apparently forgotten to send it. Marbury demanded that Madison, the current Secretary of State, be ordered to give him his commission, but Madison refused.

Star and Stripes Quiz

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The American flag will be proudly displayed on patios, porches and in parades this July 4. American Flag in color

Test your knowledge of flag lore with the following quiz. The selections are based on an article found in Upper Arlington Public Library database...


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 & 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.