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

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

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The 2014 General Election is taking place Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

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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

Debates and Controversies

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Did you catch the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham over the validity of creationism as a scientific theory?

If you’re interested in other contentious questions, the UAPL has several databases that will be of interest.  Designed for students researching controversial issues or debate topics, these resources provide multiple perspectives on complicated issues, and are updated frequently. Find out more about topics from concealed weapons to stem cells:

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Seasonal Influenza and the Common Cold

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Concerned about colds and flus? UAPL has many useful resources for non-medical professionals to learn about illnesses and recommended treatments. As always, discuss medical questions and problems with a doctor - librarians aren’t qualified to give medical advice. Remember to enter your library card number to access UAPL’s premium resources.

For basic information on the common cold, influenza, or any other common illness, check out the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.  Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine Book Cover image

Find information about different kinds of cold medicines, and much more through Consumer Health Complete.

Medline is a bit more advanced; search for more complex articles that aren’t necessarily for the layperson:

If Medline is too overwhelming, check out MedlinePlus, its consumer-friendly sibling.

The CDC has a great deal of information on seasonal influenza - you can even follow them on twitter.

Finally, keep up with current outbreaks through the World Health Organization’s Disease Outbreak News. No sign of the Zombie Apocalypse… yet.


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.