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

Puppy Love

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We love our pets. From the puppy Super Bowl and the Westminster Kennel Club that make us smile on dreary winter days, to grumpy cats on YouTube who have their own agents, our pets own our hearts, our time and our attention.

If you’re interested in learning more about our animal companions, the Upper Arlington Public Library has engaging and informative resources for you. Here are just a few:

  • For an authoritative overview on the domestication of dogs and cats, see the article ‘ Dogs and Cats’ in the database Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia.
  • From the Science Reference Center, in the magazine Scholastic Math, read the article ‘We *Heart* Pets’ and then take the quiz on pet ownership in the USA.  
  • From the National Geographic Virtual Library database, enjoy ‘ Mix, Match and Morph: How to Build a Dog’.                                   

UA News Index - Trivia Questions

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Have you ever been sitting with friends over coffee or riding in the car with the grandkids when a burning question about Upper Arlington came up? Perhaps you’ve wondered:

  • What wildlife artist was recruited in 1993 to create a lithograph of the UAHS mascot the Golden Bear? 
  • Who was the mayor in 1988? 
  • When was the renovation of the Tremont Center completed? 
  • How long has the Chef-O-Nette been in business? 
  • Who were The Royal Order of Balloon Blower Uppers?
  • Who were the Golden Mustangs?
  • Is there a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Upper Arlington?
  • How many pancakes could the pancake machine make in one hour?
  • Who was the Ohio Bicentennial Poet Laureate? He wrote a poem about Upper Arlington. What was the name of the poem?

The UA News Index will lead you to the articles in the Upper Arlington News that answer these and many other questions about the recent past in UA. Bev Rhodes and the staff of the Reference Department have been consistently indexing articles from the UA News for several years. They have completed the years 1988 through 2013. Think local and check out this database on the library’s website!

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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.