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

NoveList vs Goodreads

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How do you choose which book you will read next?  Do you depend on recommendations from members of your book club? An interesting author interview that you hear on the radio?  The list of bestsellers in your favorite magazine? A quick perusal of Goodreads? All these sources are helpful, but there is one other source that you many find equally helpful and that is NoveList, a database found on your library’s website.  Using NoveList and Goodreads together can be especially helpful because Novelist provides professional reviews and Goodreads provides reader comments Novelist is objective whereas Goodreads is subjective.  In combination you can get a balanced idea of whether you would like to read a particular book. 

In addition, NoveList uses a set list of standardized genre terms, which are clearly understood and dependable, such as ‘Books to Movies’ or ‘Historical Fiction’ while Goodreads uses reader-created tags which allow for genres that may be more difficult to categorize, such as ‘written-by-women’ or ‘first-reads-giveaway’. Both can be helpful.

Remember to enter your library card number and  PIN to access NoveList from home and enjoy some wonderful winter reads!

History of College Football

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Can’t get enough of college football?  Want to know more about the history of this extremely popular pastime?  Want to learn about the individual coaches and players that went before and created the sport that we know and love today? The Upper Arlington Public Library can provide a concise, but thorough, history for you in its  St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture.  From the invention of the rules by Yale’s Walter Camp “the Father of Football” through the 1942 national championship of Paul Brown’s Ohio State Buckeyes to the 1984 controversy surrounding the televising of college football you’ll find a brief but informed account. You will also find quick biographies of the greats of college football such as  Amos Alonzo Stagg, Grantland Rice, Dick Butkus, and Walter Payton

Check it out during half-time and enjoy the game!

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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.