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

Talk Like a Pirate Day Approaches!

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Ahoy! International Talk Like A Pirate Day will be September 19, 2014 - that means you have just over two weeks to practice before the big day! Get started with Mango Languages, which has Pirate lessons. Learn insults, sailing commands, greetings, and more. To get to the Pirate course:

  1. Head to ualibrary.org
  2. At the top, select “Research” and “Databases”
  3. Scroll down to “ Mango Languages” and click on it
  4. If you’re at home, enter your library card number and PIN
  5. Choose “Quick Start” to start right now, or create an account and log in
  6. Click the “All Languages” button
  7. Click “Pirate”

If you want to learn a real language, you’ll find that Mango has many options to choose from. ARRR!

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History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

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The Reference Department has acquired a new online resource: check out the History of Jewish-Muslim Relations, our latest eReference book. This title provides balanced, historical context on relations from the Middle Ages to the present. There is information about  Israel, but this book goes further back, comparing different philosophies, examining the North African and European experiences of these religious peoples, and much more.

To learn more about current events in the Middle East, be sure to check out these databases:

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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.