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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Hawaii will soon pass a law changing the legal age for anyone purchasing cigarettes or e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 years.  Cities and towns have increased the age to 21, but so far no other states have done so.  There is medical evidence to show that increasing the age limit reduces the number of people who form a smoking habit.  By taking this measure Hawaii’s legislature hopes to improve the health of its population into the future.

We no longer dispute the facts about the effects of smoking cigarettes, but what about the effect of smoking e-cigarettes?  At this point the evidence is not so clear.

The topic is an important one because teens are rapidly increasing their use of electronic cigarettes.  The percentage of high school students who smoked e-cigarettes reportedly increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2014. 

And non-teens who are trying to stop smoking by switching to e-cigarettes need to know the latest findings as well.

Let’s examine the health consequences of vaping using the library’s health and science databases.

Here are some recent articles.  Feel free to search for more on your own.

From Consumer Health Complete:

And this video from AccessScience:

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Online Reference Resources for Kids

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Public Domain - Kids on ComputerOur reference department has a vast amount of resources available for teens and adults, but did you know we have databases to help make learning fun for kids too? Log your little ones on to the following databases for safe, fun ways to explore online!

  • National Geographic Kids is great database for kids to discover science, nature, and cultures around the world through videos, pictures, books, and magazines.
  • World Book Kids is a version of the encyclopedias specifically for younger learners. It offers games, maps, pictures, and even science projects that can be done at home.
  • TumbleBook Library provides story books, picture books, and games for young readers to read or have stories read to them. Early readers and advanced readers alike will enjoy TumbleBooks.
  • CultureGrams Kids Edition will let kids explore countries and cultures around the world. They can view photos, hear anthems, and read hundreds of fun facts.
  • Kids Search is a database where kids can search from a multitude of topics such as Health, Social Studies, Sports, and even current news topics.

I hope your kids have a blast exploring our databases and discover how much fun learning can be!


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.