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

National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by reading poetry, or try your hand at writing some of your own with exercises from the Teen Poetry Wiki. Learn about Ohio poets, listen to poetry online, or if poetry baffles you, look up a poet or a poem in one of our databases:

We have many poetry collections in print, but they can’t be put on hold for the next few days as we upgrade to a new catalog system. Drop by and check out Dewey Decimal 811 on our shelves to find a great deal of poetry, and ask a librarian for help to find more - be sure to bring your library card from April 4th - 8th if you want to take materials home!

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New E Reference Books

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We have some new eReference titles, which are accessible from home:

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The Gale Directory Library includes two titles, which can be searched together or separately.

  • Use the newly updated Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, to find local magazines, newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations, learn whether or not they accept ads, search for all the local cable companies before you decide which service to purchase, and much more.
  • Check out the Encyclopedia of Associations - National Organizations of the United States to find national organizations for any interest, from trade and professional associations, to organizations devoted to hobbies and games.

Gale Multicultural America Book CoverThe Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America has information on Americans from many different backgrounds, including information on culture, history, acceptance, and settlement in the United States. Learn more about immigrant experiences in America, from the 1500s to the present.

To access these titles from home, click on the preceding links, or, from ualibrary.org, hover the mouse over “Research” and select “Databases.” Then scroll down to the Gale Directory Library or the Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, click on your choice, and enter your library card number.

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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.
Test Proctoring As 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.