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

Researching World War I and World War II

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Now is a great time to learn more about World War I and World War II. 100 years ago, in 1914, World War I began, and June 6 will be the anniversary of D-Day. Check out our library resources to learn more about these difficult periods, particularly the primary sources from American Decades and Historical Newspapers to find out what people were thinking and writing during these wars. Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access UAPL’s premium resources.

Stop in to the Reference Department and check out our many books on the wars, including:

New Books in Reference

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Stop by the Reference Department and take a look at some of our latest arrivals:

  • Between the Rivers by Wayne Carlson - A new addition to the Ohio Collection, this book provides a history of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff. Learn more about the other Tri-Village communities in this fascinating account.
  • Historical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements by JoAnne Myers - This book includes a chronology with entries from 630 BCE to 2013, and descriptions of important people, places, and terminology. Contemporary history (from Stonewall to the present) is covered in great detail, and there is also valuable information on preceding movements, from the 1860s on.
  • Ranking America’s Fifty States: A Comparison in Graphic Detail by Michael D. Dulberger - This book is relevant to anyone who has ever wondered how states compare in areas across the economic and social spectrum - which state has the highest personal income tax? Which has the most physicians per 100,000 residents? Since Ohio has the most library visits per capita, I’m sure you’ll be in soon to find out.
  • The Visual Arts: a History by Hugh Honour & John Fleming - This book is an award winning art history title, filled with beautiful, full color reproductions and detailed information on art movements around the world, from cave art to Post-Modernism.


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.