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

Flags of the World

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In addition to this Sunday being Father's Day, Saturday June 14th is Flag Day. In honor of Flag Day, here are some great resources to learn more about flags and national symbols across the world.

Reference Books:

  • Complete Flags of the World - For descriptions of American state and overseas territory flags, Canadian provincial flags, and the symbolism behind colors and emblems on flags across the world, this resource is a must see.
  • The Complete Guide to National Symbols and Emblems - In addition to descriptions of all the national flags of the world, you can also learn about national seals/coats of arms, anthems, emblems, colors, trees, animals, and significant events that helped shape national identity.
  • The World Encyclopedia of Flags - This is a great resource to find anything from the origin and development of flags to flag families, as well as select flags ranging from international organizations to local municipalities.


  • CultureGrams - You may also want to check out this reference database if you have a particular country, state or province in mind, which provides quick facts about each geographical entity, detailed reports, and even a feature to listen to national anthems. There are World, States, Provinces, and Kids editions, each uniquely tailored to provide a wealth of information.
  • Facts On File World Geography & Culture - For quick access to national flags, under the Resources tab, you can select Maps and Flags and view all national flags by country name in alphabetical order and limit the View by Type to Flag. On another note, this resources has a cool feature where you can compare various statistics by counties and states also under the Resources tab, such as electricity consumption, GDP, and natural gas production.
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations - Here is a database that not only provides the national flags of each country but also more in-depth information including monetary units, national holidays, climate, languages, religion, and science and technology to name a few. After selecting the Table of Contents tab, under Choose a Volume, you can select either the United Nations, Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, or Europe to browse by country.



So in addition to celebrating any father figure in your life, come check out all the wonderful resources the UA Reference Department has to offer on flags and the nations of the world!

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New LearningExpress Library - Create a New Account

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LearningExpress Library version 3.0 is now up and running - check out the fantastic new interface and find resources for a new career, practice tests and ebooks on college preparation or professional exams, computer training, and much, much more. Please be aware that the usernames and passwords from LearningExpress Library version 2.0 are no longer valid in version 3.0. All patrons will need to set up a new account in version 3.0:

  1. Follow the preceding link, or go to, select “Research,” click “Databases,” and scroll down to “LearningExpress Library.”
  2. If you're at home, enter your library card number and PIN
  3. In the upper right hand corner, select “Register”
  4. Enter your email address, your new password, and your first name
  5. Click “Create Account.”

Once you create an account, you'll be logged in automatically. Then you can find an exam, tutorial, or ebook that suits your interests, and select the “Launch” button to begin.

If you are in the middle of an exam right now on version 2.0, you can still access LearningExpress Library 2.0 right here. Version 2.0 will no longer be available after June 30, 2014. Best of luck with your studies!


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.