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


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Image - National Bike MonthMay is National Bike month.  In honor of the occasion it is fitting to recall how bicycles have changed over the years from the old Penny Farthings at the turn of the century to modern mountain bikes and racing bikes. From Leonardo da Vinci’s lost design through Ignaz Schwinn’s contribution, it’s a great ride.

Read all about this topic in the library’s databases and then hop on your own two- or three-wheeler and take a spin.

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The Plight of the Honeybee

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Bees are endlessly fascinating creatures. Image - Honeybee

They have been revered since the earliest civilizations of mankind.  Throughout history they have provided people with honey, beeswax and other products.  Today we rely on them for our very existence because without them one third of our food crops, namely fruit, vegetable and seed crops would not be pollinated, nor would the crops that feed our agricultural animals.  

Honeybees have a complex social system within which there exists a rigid caste system composed of a queen bee, worker bees and drones.  Members of a hive may number anywhere from several hundred to over 80,000 bees yet they all work together to fulfill the needs of the hive.

One way in which they communicate with each other is through scent.  Another is through dance language.  One ‘waggle dance’ explains to other members of the hive the direction to go to find a source of nectar and how far away it is. 

An entire swarm is able to act in perfect concert to complete tasks as if they were one organism.

The practice of beekeeping is proliferating.  Many people are learning how to keep bees in their backyard.  Even the statehouse lawn in Columbus recently acquired a hive of bees.

Why the sudden interest in beekeeping?  It may be because of people’s concern for the bees’ welfare.  Honeybees have been dying in record numbers for reasons that are not immediately clear, even to entomologists.  It is estimated that the number of honeybee colonies decreased by more than 50% from the 1940s to the 1990s.  But it was in 2005 that beekeepers really became alarmed by the number of bees that were dying or disappearing and the term 'Colony Collapse Disorder' was coined. By the fall of 2007 it is estimated that one quarter of the bee population had fallen victim to CCD. The decline has continued to the present with no definitive answer.

There are many possible reasons for the decline: parasitic mites, human activity, pesticides, fungi, bacteria, viruses, insects, birds, bad weather, genetic changes or a combination of several things.  Scientists and activists, commercial and home beekeepers are all valiantly trying to determine the cause.  Let’s hope they are successful soon so that the trend is reversed and these fascinating creatures are able to thrive.   


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.