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,  
  • 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

Who is Harper Lee?

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In 2010 the Upper Arlington Public Library had an anniversary party for a book. It wasn’t just any book - it was the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee. The library, in conjunction with the UA schools and community, published their own book to commemorate the event.   

Harper Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman  was written before Mockingbird but published just this week. It is a topic of conversation for readers everywhere. Will we be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the author’s second book In 2065?  The reviews so far have been mixed. 

But the author of these two books is as interesting as her books. After the publication and subsequent acclaim for Mockingbird she shunned the limelight, and although she continued to write, she declined to publish any other works. She is now 89 years of age and living in an assisted living facility in her hometown.

Read about her life in the resources listed below and come to your own conclusion about her choices in life and the characters she created.

Meet Pluto!

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Color image of Pluto, photographed by the New Horizons spacecraftNASA’s New Horizons reached a goal, nine years and over three billion miles in the making. It’s the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto, collecting data and taking the first detailed images of the dwarf planet and its large moon, Charon. This mission makes the United States the first country to explore every planet in the Solar System, from Mercury to Pluto.


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.
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.