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

Interactive Reading with Tumblebook and Bookflix

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How’s your summer reading going? If you or your children want to try something new, check out two of our fantastic databases. BookFlix and Tumblebook Library offer a selection of books for youth readers, with classic titles from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, to Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Kids can read or be read to with these great resources:

Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources from home!

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International Travel and Smart Phones

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Summer is a great time to fire up the grill, catch the latest sporting event, and relax with a light read. It’s also a common time to travel. Are you leaving the country this summer? In addition to your passport, be sure to bring some great information from UAPL!

Travelling with a smart phone? Beware of data usage abroad! Find up to date money-saving consumer tips in our magazine and newspaper databases. Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources from home.

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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 & 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.
Ohio Web Library The Ohio Web Library provides Internet services and research databases to Ohio’s 251 public libraries. Browse their resources for adults, kids, teens, and teachers.