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

Graduation Speeches and Other Free Advice

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Graduation speeches are known for being boring and soon-forgotten, but occasionally one overcomes the stereotype and becomes popular. Some are so relevant that they are published. A few have become best sellers. One of the best examples of this is Anna Quindlen’s  A Short Guide to a Happy Life that sold more than a million copies after its publication in 2000. 

Other, more recent entries into the field are:

Further advice for recent graduates can be found in:

​​The Reference Department's database Masterfile Premier contains a wide range of commencement addresses as well as other important speeches in the publication Vital Speeches.Here is just one  from that collection called What to Worry About (And What Not To). It was given by David Brooks to the graduates of the University of the South in May 2013.  

Musical Theatre and the Tony Awards

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Can’t wait for the Tony Awards this Sunday? Swing by the UAPL and find out about previous award winners, learn about music theory, or take a look at our sheet music!

Online Resources:

  • Oxford Music Online - find information about composers, musicians, theory, and more, in this comprehensive database
  • teoria - an excellent website for learning more about music theory

In the Reference Department, we have a collection of librettos and sheet music, as well as these texts on musical theatre :

Don’t forget to stop by our Media Services Department to find CD recordings of nominees and past winners!

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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 & 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.