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

Fix Your Own Car!

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Auto Repair Reference CenterWish you knew how to change a tire? We have two databases that can help!

The Auto Repair Reference Center starts you from scratch - learn how different car components function with Auto IQ and read through basic maintenance guides and instructions for buying and owning a car with Care and Repair Tips. To find illustrated repair instructions for your particular car, enter your make, year, and model. From here, you can get an estimate for how many hours a repair should take if you pay someone to do it, and you can learn how to accomplish specific repairs yourself, like changing a headlight bulb.

The Chilton Auto Repair Manuals also let you look up your specific car, with detailed instructions on how to conduct a repair. Especially handy is the AccessMyLibrary app, which will allow you to get repair information from Chilton on an Android phone from the side of the road.

Safe driving!

Computer Sciences

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Computer SciencesInterested in technology? With so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to start. To get a better understanding of general concepts and the development of modern technology, check out Computer Sciences, an encyclopedia that explains these ideas in plainer English than Wikipedia does.

To keep up with current trends in subscription publications in the computer world, take a look at Computer Source - you’ll be able to access magazine articles for free, from publications like PC Magazine, Linux World, and more! Computer Source also has articles from more advanced journals, like Bell Labs Technical Journal. Enjoy!


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.