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

The Great Black Migration

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Do you know about the Great Black Migration? Between 1916 and 1970 over six million African Americans relocated from the segregated South to the large cities in the North. By relocating, they escaped the oppression of “Jim Crow” laws in the South, but often met with other forms of discrimination, such as “white flight”, in the North. 

In her book The Warmth of Other Suns; the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson describes in riveting detail the perils and pleasures of the journey northward for three individuals and their families. In the stories of these people there is a direct line of powerlessness and unfair treatment that resonates in the news stories of today. There is also the pride of hard-won gains.

The library owns a database called The Great Black Migration. It has recently been updated. If you are curious about this facet of American history you may want to take a look at it. 

As with all the library’s databases, there is a wealth of factual information for research reports. There is a section on primary documents of the period.  They include but are not limited to:

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley

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If you saw the movieLincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012) you may have noticed a character who was the dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.  In one scene she spoke with President Lincoln and tried to persuade him to go forward with emancipation.  What you may not know is this character is based on a real-life person, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.  She was a slave, but managed to buy her freedom and her son’s using her skill as a dressmaker. Image of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley

Mrs. Keckley wrote her autobiography, Behind the Scenes: or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House .It was first published in 1868 and re-issued as a Penguin Classic paperback in 2005. 

The library owns this and several other books based on her life.

Several of these are also available as e-books and books on CD

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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:

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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.