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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News from the Reference Desk

Homework (and Fun!) Databases for K-8

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We have several databases for younger students, from kindergarten through eighth grade. To easily find them:

  1. Open up our database page, by clicking on “Research” and “Databases” at the top of ualibrary.org
  2. Under “Choose from Available Categories,” select “Kids”
  3. Click on “Apply Filter”

All of the databases listed were designed for younger students. Find reliable, interesting facts and fun reads with National Geographic Kids, Novelist K-8 Plus, the TumbleBook Library, and more!

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The Science behind the Colors of Fall

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Autumn is here and the leaves on the trees in Central Ohio are beginning to change color and fall to the ground. It is a ritual we look forward to, but take for granted, every year.

But just what mystery causes this yearly display that we enjoy so much?  We know that shorter days, and cooler nights stop a tree from producing the green pigment in leaves.  The fall colors of red, yellow and orange remain.  Recent research has shown that the type of soil a tree is growing in also has an effect. 

Scientists at Princeton University are studying the effect of long-term climate trends on leaves.According to researchers,  leaves will start changing color later than usual, and the vivid colors of fall will last longer than usual in coming years. 

These and other articles explaining what makes leaves change color, what factors produce the most vivid fall colors and what makes leaves of deciduous trees drop off each year at this time may be found in the library’s science databases.  Take a look at the science and then go outside and enjoy the splendid display.

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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 & 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.