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

Relax with a Great Read over Winter Break

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Getting excited about winter break? Now’s your chance to catch up on all the reading you’ve been too busy to do! Finding a great book to read can be overwhelming with so many options to choose from, so we have some resources to help you find a book you’ll love. If you happen to be in the library, ask a librarian! We can recommend fabulous books to you because we all spend a lot of time reading.

If you’re at home, or the library is closed, we have two fantastic databases that can help you find a great read based on your favorite book or author, or a genre you’re fond of:

  • Novelist Plus - a great resource for teens and adults.
  • Novelist K-8 - a great resource for children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

If the library is closed when you get that spare moment, be sure to take a look at Digital Downloads, where you can check out ebooks and eaudiobooks at any time in the day or night.

For more information on how to set up an account with Digital Downloads, go to our Media Services page and look at the media guides on the left hand side to find step by step instructions.

Enjoy your time off!

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Happy Birthday Melvil Dewey!

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Melvil Dewey ImageMelvil Dewey, noted librarian, was born on December 10, 1851. Originally born Melville Dewey, he was an advocate for spelling reform, and changed his name to suit his beliefs. He was also a huge fan of the metric system, and the number ten.

Melvil Dewey is best known for the creation of the Dewey Decimal Classification System ( DDC), a system for organizing books and materials on the shelves. Most public libraries use DDC to organize their nonfiction materials. The best thing about DDC is that each book is tagged with a meaningful address, so all the books about football - or any topic - are in the same location on the shelf (for football, see 796.332).

Each power of ten is used to further narrow the subject - so, if you wanted to learn about dinosaurs, you could start in the 500s, where we keep materials on the natural sciences and mathematics. The 510s are for mathematics, the 520s are for astronomy, the 530s are for physics, and so on. Dinosaurs will be in the 560s, where paleontology is. We can subdivide the 560s even further, into 561, 562, and so on. Dinosaurs are in 567 - cold-blooded vertebrate fossils. Because you can add as many decimal numbers as you’d like after a whole number, you can subdivide further. Dinosaurs will end up in 567.9, with different species of dinosaurs in 567.91, etc.

To learn more about Melvil Dewey, check out some of our biography resources:

To learn more about finding materials at the library, ask a librarian!


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.