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

Brush up on the English language

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Do you know if the head of your school is a principal or a principle? Wish you knew the definition of eurhythmic? Wondering where the word smorgasbord originated? Not sure if your interest is piqued or peeked?  

This month marks the 131st anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary’s first publication. This historical dictionary is widely-regarded as the most complete and accurate dictionary in the English language. You can access this great resource for free with your Upper Arlington Public Library card and learn about not only present-day usages of words and phrases, but historical uses as well.

The Oxford English Dictionary updates its entries every three months so you can stay up-to-date on the latest words like hashtagflexitarian, and selfie. You can find out why (and when) we started using phrases like wardrobe malfunctionfirst world problem, and Good-enough Morgan. Dazzle your friends by using heterodontosaurid or psychasthenia correctly in a sentence.

Check out the Oxford English Dictionary and learn some fun new words today!

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Valentine's Day Candy

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What will you give your sweetie for Valentine’s Day?  Will it be candy? The odds are good it will be.  Image - Candy Conversation Hearts

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the custom. 

The answers, which may be found at the bottom of this page, are taken from an article on Valentine's Day Candy in the library database called Daily Life through History. Read the article by clicking on the icon for the database below.  (You may need to enter your library card number and PIN to access the database.)  

  • Question #1 - Do scholars know when candy became a traditional gift for Valentine’s Day?
  • Question #2 - What British chocolate maker is credited with introducing the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates?
  • Question #3 - In what decade did the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) begin selling conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day?
  • Question # 4 - About how many conversation hearts (aka Sweethearts) does the company now make in the six weeks prior to Valentine’s Day?  Is it
    • ​800,000
    • 8 billion
    • 1 million
  • Question #5 - True or False: serotonin and endorphins are found in small amounts in chocolate and are part of the reason we love chocolates on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.

Happy Munching!


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.