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

Learn Cherokee

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Nation to NationMango, the Cherokee Nation, and the Tulsa City-County Library have worked together to add Cherokee to our Mango Languages database. Cherokee is an endangered language, with only 12,000 speakers. Remember that Mango is also available as an app, if you’d like to learn on the go!

To learn more about the Cherokee, take a look at the Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. For more on the experiences of American Indians, check out the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, which also includes information on Native American pop culture.

Finally, the reference department has a new print title, Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States & American Indian Nations, which explores efforts by American Indians to restore the promises made in the long history of broken treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations.

How Many Insects Did You Eat Last Year?

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Swarm of LocustsAccording to our newest eReference book, Americans eat between one and two pounds of insects every year. I regret learning this fact.

To learn more interesting things about what you eat and where it came from, check out Food and Drink in American History. Check out the fantastic history of what we eat, and discover more wild facts, like these:

  • Bananas were first introduced to the United States “at the Philadelphia Centennial World’s Exposition. A guard had to be stationed next to the tree to prevent fairgoers from stealing the bananas.”
  • Grape juice was strongly associated with the temperance movement.
  • Patricia Rain was also known as the Vanilla Queen.
  • You can make wax paper at home.

Finally, check out some historical recipes, like this lemon catchup, which you probably should not try at home.


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.