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.

Hot Topics

Find out what happened Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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Get reliable information about the outbreak from some librarian-recommended sources.

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Whether you are into high school, college or professional football, find information about the 2014 season here!

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News from the Reference Desk

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, 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.

Spring Gardens

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With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden!  Whether you are a first-time gardener or are eager to grow your green thumb, the Upper Arlington Reference Department has resources for you.

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There are a variety of articles in the Home Improvement Reference Center that offer guidance for do-it-yourself projects in and around the house. 

If you have any questions or need further ideas for your garden, the Upper Arlington Reference Department is here to assist you.  Let's make this spring beautiful!


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.