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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Retirement Resources (Part 3) How Will I Protect My Finances?

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There are several important financial decisions to make when you are considering retirement. 

  • Do I have enough money saved to accomplish what I want to accomplish in retirement?
  • How do I make sure that I don’t run out of money? 
  • Will I be able to overcome changing financial climates?

For guidance in making these decisions, the library has these useful resources.

Databases and e-Reference Books

  • Morningstar Investment Research Center – database offering independent analysis on investments; stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs (Exchange-traded Funds) and CEFs (Closed-end Funds); data on 479,000 investment offerings, Morningstar rating system; 13 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals.
  • Weiss Financial Rating Series – database consisting of statistics on banks, mutual funds, stocks, and insurance companies; financial strength ratings; financial planning tools; 900 life and annuity insurers; 2,700 property/casualty insurers, 600 health insurers and HMOs; straightforward and easy to understand ratings.
  • Value Line Research Center (only available in a UAPL branch) – database with reliable, unbiased information on companies, industries, markets and economies; financial measures for over 6,000 stocks, 18,000 mutual funds, 200,000 options, and other securities; team of over 70 analysts, researchers and statisticians; includes a stock analysis newsletter that is updated weekly.
  • National Newspapers – database that includes the financial section from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

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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.
Test Proctoring As 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.