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

Looking for Literary Criticism?

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Artemis logo imageThe Upper Arlington Public Library subscribes to a fantastic resource on literature: Artemis Literary Sources. Artemis includes digitized copies of many well-regarded Gale titles, such as:

  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Novels for Students
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Short Stories for Students

Artemis also has reviews, work overviews, author biographies, and, for older works, the primary source. To access Artemis from home:

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Research” and click on “Databases”
  3. Scroll down to “Artemis Literary Sources” and click on it
  4. Enter your library card number and PIN

The UAPL is also lucky enough to have CLC and TCLC in print, if you want to do your research the old fashioned way!

Hearing Loss

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In June 2014 the Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported a study which showed that adults who have hearing loss are more likely to be depressed than those with good hearing. Hearing loss can result from things as diverse as obesity, aging, listening to loud noises over a period of time, or taking pain medication.

If you suspect you have a hearing loss, the electronic reference book Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, available through the library’s website, will give you a simple, authoritative overview of hearing loss as well as in-depth articles on specific ear-related conditions and hearing aids.


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.