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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While the Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedias are excellent references for anything you’d need to know about an animal, there’s always been a tragic gap in their discussion. What’s been missing?


Luckily, there are two new volumes of Grzimek’s:

  • Extinction features discussion on major extinctions and extinct life, including dinosaurs and much more.
  • Evolution explores evolution (naturally!), including recent ideas, and new discoveries.

Get ready for Jurassic World by learning all the facts about dinosaurs now, so you can be properly snobby about what they got wrong when the movie comes out! And maybe rewatch the previous installments while you’re at it.

If you’re over 30, catch up on everything that’s changed in the dinosaur world since your youth - feathers? - with My Beloved Brontosaurus.

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Love Reference USA? Try AtoZdatabases and Take Our Survey!

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Are you a serious searcher with Reference USA? If so, you’ll want to take a look at AtoZdatabases, and let us know what you think. AtoZ offers many of the same features and functionality as Reference USA, but there are a few advantages. With AtoZ, you can:

  • Copy and paste information from records
  • Get 1000 downloads per search
  • Access working maps
  • Run a background check
  • Find local nonprofits, manufacturers, and small businesses

In addition, AtoZ is extremely easy to use. Once you’ve tried both, we’d love to hear what you think. Please, take our survey and let us know what you thought of AtoZdatabases.

If you’re unfamiliar with both databases, they let you make handy lists of businesses that meet certain criteria (say, all the plumbers in central Ohio), and search a potential customer base in a particular area (everyone who’s interested in fitness in Upper Arlington). Check them both out, and take our survey!


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.