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.

Hot Topics

Tax Day is Monday, April 18, 2016. Get a head start with this informative guide on filing your taxes.Read More

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News from the Reference Desk

Zika Virus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a statement announcing that the Zika virus (ZIKV) which came to Brazil from Polynesia is Map showing countries where Zika virus is prevelentnow prevalent in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. It is likely to spread through the Americas in the coming months. It is an important topic since the Olympics will be held in Brazil this summer and there will be many international travelers. The virus is implicated in a birth defect called microcephaly as well as in Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  

If you would like to read more about this topic we have collected these reliable sources from the library’s online resources:

The Amazing Efforts of Elizabeth Blackwell

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Elizabeth Blackwell, circa 1850Across the country there are schools and medical centers named after Elizabeth Blackwell. You may remember the Elizabeth Blackwell Center here in Columbus,which was closed in 2014, but had opened in 1985 as the city’s first free-standing women’s center. There is even a Blackwell Award given by Hobart and William Smith Colleges to women whose lives exemplify outstanding service to humanity But who was Elizabeth Blackwell? Let's take a deeper look into the first woman to be granted a medical degree in the United States.

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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.