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

Are You Ready for Tax Season?

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A lot of you have been calling in asking about tax forms! Some of the federal forms have started to trickle in, but no instruction booklets, local or state forms have arrived yet. Keep in mind, anything the library receives will be set out as it arrives. You may want to check with us to make sure we have the forms you need before coming in.

It is still a few days until the IRS will accept paper filing. With the government shutdown happening last year, the IRS postponed the start of tax season until January 31.  But, unfortunately for procrastinators, this does not mean the tax deadline will be any later! It is set by statute to be April 15 every year.

While there is no benefit to paper filing before the start of tax season, some online tax filing software are accepting tax returns now, and holding them until January 31.

Take a look at our 2013 Taxes Hot Topic post for information about forms, filing online, getting tax filing help and much more!

Sign into Consumer Reports from Home

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There are many ways to access Consumer Reports at UAPL, but one of the handiest is to use your library card number from home to log in to the Consumer Reports website. Either click the preceding link and enter your library card number, or start from scratch:

  1. Go to the library’s website: www.ualibrary.org
  2. In the top middle of the screen, hover your mouse’s cursor over “Research” until the drop down menu appears
  3. Click on “Databases”
  4. All the library’s databases are listed in alphabetical order - scroll down to “ConsumerReports.org” and click on it.
  5. Type in your library card number
  6. Search or browse until you find the perfect refrigerator, car, or washing machine.  

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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 & Periodicals Our 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 Sites Our reference librarians have assembled a list of reliable Internet sites. Simply browse these sites by category to find the information you need.
E-mail Reference Our 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 Reference This 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.
Ohio Web Library The Ohio Web Library provides Internet services and research databases to Ohio’s 251 public libraries. Browse their resources for adults, kids, teens, and teachers.