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

Last-Minute Halloween Planning

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Two plastic ghosts on a pumpkinHalloween is rapidly approaching, so don’t forget to put together a costume, grab some candy, or finish your decorations. Whether you want to learn more about Halloween’s origins, or you’re looking for ideas for crafts, we have some great resources for you!

Voting with Pebbles

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Did you know that the ancient Athenians voted for their heads of state by selecting a pebble  or a pottery shard called an ostraca and placing it in an urn.Two pottery shards used as ballots in ancient Greece; black background with clay-colored Greek letters

Citizens of the ancient city-state of Sparta voted for their favorite candidate by shouting. The judges were secluded out of sight but within hearing distance as the candidates were brought out one by one and the voters shouted their preference. Whoever received the loudest shouts won the election.

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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.