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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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

St. Patrick's Day

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Image of Greeting CardSt. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the Irish - so wear some green and celebrate! The Reference Department has many books on holidays and festivals, with lore and history on customs and practices. Learn more about any holiday, or any day, with these resources:

And if you’re a fan, be sure to enjoy some corned beef and cabbage - you can access St. Patrick’s Day recipes by Betty Rosbottom, formerly of Upper Arlington, and other local chefs with the Columbus Dispatch Archives (remember to enter your library card number).

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Addresses, Phone Numbers, CEOs, and Local Businesses

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Reference USA logoLooking up addresses and phone numbers online can be difficult. A business’s address may be a quick Google search away, but your cousin’s address isn’t likely to be googleable. Cell phone numbers are unlisted, but if you want to find information about a business, or someone’s address or landline number, try a directory source:

Reference USA is a subscription database (you’ll have to enter your library card number), and it includes residential, business, consumer, and healthcare listings. Custom search options allow you to find:

  • A person by their name, address, or phone number
  • All the businesses from a particular industry in the Columbus area
  • The CEO of a particular company, or all the women CEOs in an industry
  • All the doctors with a particular specialty in the Columbus area

Anywho is a website:

  • Find a person by their name, address, or phone number
  • Find a business from a particular industry in the Columbus area

Check out our librarian recommended directories for more resources!


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.