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

Science Versus Chocolate

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Chocolate candiesYou may have read about the journalist who used a seemingly scientific study to fool many into believing that chocolate would help with weight loss. This was possible because the test he ran had very few subjects, so some of his results were likely to appear significant, even if they weren’t.

How do we know which of the latest scientific results are real and which aren’t? Carl Sagan would recommend honing your baloney detector, but it’s also helpful to learn more about how studies are done, and what kinds of biases and mistakes might alter their outcomes. Even if the data from a study is great, its interpretation may be flawed, making it unreliable. Unfortunately, there are many possible biases that can influence not only scientific studies, but our own understandings of how the world works. Learn more in our databases below:

The Wright Stuff

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Popular historian David McCullough has written a new book about Wilbur and Orville Wright called The Wright Brothers.  In it he emphasizes the brothers’ broad range of knowledge despite the fact that they never graduated from high school.  He praises their intellect, their tenacity, courage, and the meticulous record-keeping that shows beyond doubt that they were the first men to actually fly a heavier-than-air machine. 

But he doesn’t just write about their accomplishments.  He also writes about their character and the influence that members of their family and the place and time in which they lived had on building their character.

The library’s databases have extensive information on the Wright brothers including biographical sketches, primary source accounts (one written by one of their rival experimenters, Octave Chanute in 1908; one Wilbur's own diary entry from the day of the famous flight) as well as the scientific problems that they had to overcome in order to change the very way we look at ourselves as beings on the earth.

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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.