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

New Books in the Reference Department

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Visit the Reference Department to learn more about human memory, writing, and Islam with these new titles:

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  • Encyclopedia of Human Memory - What are aphasia, transient global amnesia, and the blindsight effect? Find out in this fantastic encyclopedia, and learn a great deal more about what we know (and don’t know) about memory.
  • How To Write Anything: A Complete Guide - Learn how to write everything you’ll need to get through life, from invitations, classified ads, book reviews, tweets, job descriptions, and press releases to eulogies, research papers, wedding toasts, and more.
  • The New Encyclopedia of Islam - Learn more about important persons, places, practices, and beliefs in this updated edition.

Improve Your Technology Skills this Summer

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Are you interested in improving your computer or typing skills? Want to learn more about a particular software such as Excel or Photoshop? Want to learn more about how to use an iPad or iPhone? Then check out these resources:

LearningExpress Library - In the Computer Skills icon, there are Popular Software Tutorials and Learn Computer Graphics and Illustration links with learning resources for many Microsoft and graphics software tools including Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop. You need to have your UA library card number and pin to access this UA Reference Department database.

Be sure to stop by, call, or e-mail the UA Reference Department if you want to find further information on how to become more tech savvy. We are in the basement of the Main Branch at 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221 and can be reached at 614-486-3342 or


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:

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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.