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

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Have you ever wondered what used to be at a particular location in Columbus? Maybe you’ve wondered who used to live in your home, or perhaps a long-term Columbus resident has given you directions along the lines of “turn right where there used to be a bowling alley.” Fear not! You too can learn the ins and outs of bygone Columbus with the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and the Reference Department’s city directories.

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Try this practice search with the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps:

  1. Enter “Columbus” for the city
  2. Select “- ALL DATE RANGES-”
  3. Select “Street Address”
  4. Type in “Tremont” and select “Tremont [2700-2799]”
  5. Click on the image in the upper right - sheet number 720

The date, May, 1942, is in the upper right hand corner of the map, and all of the “D”s (for dwellings) are marked in. Notice that 2800 Tremont, the UAPL Main Branch, is conspicuously absent! We hadn’t been built yet. Check out the Library of Congress’s information page to learn more about the symbols used by Sanborn on the maps. Remember to enter your library card number and PIN for access at home. Be sure to check out our Miller Park branch at 1901 Arlington Ave as well!

Drop by the Reference Department to access our city directories from storage - we have some from as early as 1951, as well as several Haines Criss Crosses. We can also help you find other sources for your geographical search at the desk.

Finally, check out a map of some homes in Upper Arlington with the UA Archives via Flickr.

New Books in the Reference Department

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Visit the Reference Department to learn more about human memory, writing, and Islam with these new titles:

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  • Encyclopedia of Human Memory - What are aphasia, transient global amnesia, and the blindsight effect? Find out in this fantastic encyclopedia, and learn a great deal more about what we know (and don’t know) about memory.
  • How To Write Anything: A Complete Guide - Learn how to write everything you’ll need to get through life, from invitations, classified ads, book reviews, tweets, job descriptions, and press releases to eulogies, research papers, wedding toasts, and more.
  • The New Encyclopedia of Islam - Learn more about important persons, places, practices, and beliefs in this updated edition.


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.