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

DNA and Genealogy

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Genealogy is one of the country’s most popular pastimes. The ability to find information about one’s ancestors took a giant leap forward when an abundance of information became available on the internet. Recently it has taken another leap forward with the advent of DNA testing. Now many serious genealogists are using DNA as part of their research. 

If you are interested in learning more about it, the following resources describe the process and provide helpful tips.


Resources for Buying a New Car

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Consumer Reports Logo imageAre you thinking of getting a new car? The UAPL subscribes to several online resources to help you with your research:

  • Consumer Reports has up to date reviews and ratings of cars, and is accessible for free online with your library card
  • The Chilton Auto Repair Manuals have recall information on new cars, so you can find bulletins and recall notices before you buy. Chilton can also help you fix your car down the road, with detailed diagrams and repair instructions
  • If you’re trading a car in, you can price your car with the NADA guides - we have the latest issue at the Reference Desk. Online, you can check out the Kelley Blue Book website
  • The Edmunds website has pricing information, including the average price paid for a car in your area
  • Just in case you're looking for insurance too, Weiss has a Consumer Guide to Automobile Insurance, and it gives banks and credit unions ratings for financial strength

Be sure to check out our print resources too, including the Consumer Collection in the Reference Department - we have several titles on purchasing a new car, including:


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.