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

Blue Light Emitting Diodes

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Have you noticed the increasing number of LEDs around? You may not realize it but they are everywhere now – your smartphone, your television and your white LED light bulbs. Do you want to know more about them?

One of the leading researchers in solid state lighting is Shuji Nakamura, the scientist who won the 2014 Nobel Prize for developing a method to simply and cheaply produce blue LEDs. Mr. Nakamura himself has written a technical article that provides an overview to the topic in the database Access Science. It is titled “ Blue Lasers”. Another article titled “ Blue LEDs Win Nobel Prize in Physics” written by Grant Wood, tells the tale of the invention of blue light emitting diodes. The Upper Arlington Public Library has a subscription to the database that has both articles. You may click on the titles above to read the articles and you may click on the logo below to search other science-related topics. Remember to enter your library card number and PIN if you are accessing this resource from home.

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Retirement Resources (Part 4) How Will I Stay Healthy?

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How will I stay healthy and active in retirement?

The library has the following resources to help you maintain vigor and health throughout your retirement years. They contain a wealth of tips to help you achieve your best physical and mental health during retirement.

I would like to dedicate this series of articles on retirement to Harold Ferguson who retired from the Upper Arlington Public Library this month. He has been a welcoming presence at the Circulation Desk for many years. He has earned a fulfilling, healthful and comfortable retirement.


  • AltHealthWatch – articles from reliable journals on topics related to complementary, holistic or integrated medicine
  • Consumer Health Complete – articles from a wide variety of journals, magazines, books, pamphlets, images and videos


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.