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

Investment Information from Home

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Do you use Value Line at the UAPL to look up investments? Value Line is only accessible from within the library, but if you want current information at home, try our other investment databases:

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Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources outside the library.

If you wouldn’t know a stock from a bond, or if you wonder what a Troy ounce is, come to the Reference Department to find information on investing for beginners. We have many fantastic titles, including:

Flight in its Glory

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National Aviation Month isn’t until November, but who says we can’t celebrate humanity’s aerial ingenuity now?  Would you like to know more about famous aviators such as Amelia Earhart or Charles Lindbergh?  Are you a flight enthusiast, aviation historian-in-training, or just want to learn something new about airplanes?  Then these resources are for you!


Access Science - Dr. Ramesh K. Agarwal, in his article entitled “ Green Aviation,” discusses technology used to reduce the environmental impact of aircraft. Topics covered include noise pollution, fuel emissions, engine technology, aircraft design, and alternative fuels. 

Dictionary of American History - Under Table of Contents, the entry for “Air Transportation and Travel” addresses the history of air transportation and travel between the World Wars, after World War  II, during the Jet Age, and into the 21st Century.


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The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age


Aviation Week & Space Technology


The Library of Congress: The Dream of Flight – Learn about how the dream of flight was birthed, the family life of Orville and Wilbur Wright, and view a timeline of flight through this online archival collection.

National Museum of the US Air Force – View online galleries including the World War II, Missile & Space, and Presidential galleries.


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.