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 eReference Books

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We’ve added four new eReference Books to our databases page. Like all of our databases, these are available 24/7 to anyone with an internet connection and a UAPL card. Simply click on one of the following links, and enter your library card number and PIN.

We also updated two or our eReference titles - the College Blue Book and Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans. Check them out for the latest information!

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Net Neutrality

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Where do you stand on net neutrality? It’s a major issue of our time. The White House and the FCC support net neutrality but Senator Ted Cruz has called it “Obamacare for the Internet”. To brush up on all sides of the debate go to these excellent databases. Along with decisive points of view, you will find primary sources, pro and con argumentsessaysauthoritative magazine articles, both historical and up-to-the-minute, important speeches, interviews with key players, videos, and biographies.

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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 & 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.