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.

Hot Topics

Here you can find important information about contruction happening around the community.

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The 2014 General Election is taking place Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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Whether you are into high school, college or professional football, find information about the 2014 season here!

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News from the Reference Desk

Cultural Diversity in Columbus

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The cover story of the March 2014 issue of Columbus Monthly explored recent changes in the ethnic and cultural diversity of Columbus and the recent uptick in the number of foreign-born residents. It contained interviews with some foreign-born residents as well as many eye-opening statistics. If you saw the article you know that the total foreign-born population in the city is 104,000 (out of a total population of 822,553 [2013 estimate]). According to the U.S. Census the majority of recent immigrants have come to Columbus from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The proportion of foreign-born residents in our city is higher than other cities in the region including Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland. 

Graduation Speeches and Other Free Advice

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Graduation speeches are known for being boring and soon-forgotten, but occasionally one overcomes the stereotype and becomes popular. Some are so relevant that they are published. A few have become best sellers. One of the best examples of this is Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life that sold more than a million copies after its publication in 2000. 

Other, more recent entries into the field are:

Further advice for recent graduates can be found in:

​​The Reference Department's database Masterfile Premier contains a wide range of commencement addresses as well as other important speeches in the publication Vital Speeches.Here is just one from that collection called What to Worry About (And What Not To). It was given by David Brooks to the graduates of the University of the South in May 2013.  

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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:

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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.
Chat Reference This 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 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.