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

Thin Mints, Trefoils and Caramel deLites

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It’s that time of year.  Girl Scouts are out and about selling their delicious cookies.  But how much do you know about the organization behind the baked goods?   For instance:

  • How many girls currently belong to the GSUSA (Girl Scouts of America)?
  • Is there any relationship between the Girls Scouts and the Boy Scouts?
  • How has this organization served girls in their role in society since its founding?
  • Where can one find books to read on this topic?

Find the answers in the databases Pop Culture Universe and the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture as well as the GSUSA website.

And how much do you know about the cookie sale?  Can you answer these questions?

(Hint: click on the word “cookie” or “cookies” in each question below to find the anwer.)

  • In what year did Girl Scouts begin selling cookies?
  • What is the recipe for the simple homemade sugar cookies that the Girl Scouts made in the 1920s and 1930s?
  • Do Girl Scout cookies contain trans fats?  
  • Which variety of  cookie is their best seller?  
  • In January 2012 a group of Girl Scouts in Cleveland, Ohio refused to sell cookies.  What were they protesting?

The Columbus Dispatch published recommendations for pairing Girl Scout Cookies with alcoholic beverages in the February 16, 2015 edition of the paper. In 2009 the Food Section of the Dispatch published a simple cheesecake  recipe using the Dulce de Leche cookies that were a brand new cookie at the time. The GSUSA is offering a grand prize of $500 to the winner of their recipe contest.

Happy munching!

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.


Indoor pastimes for chilly days

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If you're feeling trapped indoors during these cold winter months, it may be time to blow the dust off an old hobby or even pick up a new one. Let us provide you with some recreation that you can do within the comfort of your own home.

  • Create some new arts and crafts, start a collection, discover new board games, or even learn about juggling through our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.
  • Consider yourself a film buff? Check out VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever and catch up on movie reviews, read about various film awards, and search by cast, director, and genre.
  • Sharpen your skills in the kitchen and try out some new recipes by browsing the UA Recipe Collection. You can access links to many cooking magazines here as well.
  • Discover pricing information for the antiques and collectable you've got around the house with Price It! Antiques and Collectibles.
  • Find the next great read for you and your family members by searching NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus. You can search endless fiction and non-fiction books by keyword, author, title, series, or narrator.

Best of luck finding new ways to entertain yourself while waiting for Spring to return!


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.