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

Find the Answer on the Go with Reference Apps

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A quick Google search on your device may give you an answer to your question, but is it a good answer? For accurate answers from reliable sources, try some of our Reference Apps. These apps can be used to access many of UAPL’s subscription databases wherever you are. Explore a wide variety of information when you aren’t at home:

  • Find out how much an antique or collectible is worth with Price it! on AccessMyLibrary
  • No luck on your fishing trip? Discover new techniques with the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center from EBSCOhost
  • Look up residential phone numbers or addresses on ReferenceUSA

Sometimes portable information is especially helpful: the Mango Languages app will allow you to learn a new language at your convenience.

Remember you can always text questions to the Reference Department, too! We’re happy to find the information you need:

  1. Text UAPLREF to 66746
  2. When you get a text back, reply with your question

Standard message and data rates may apply. Check out the Privacy Notice too.

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National Geographic Kids

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Check out our latest database - National Geographic Kids features a wonderful collection of books and images published by National Geographic Kids, as well as issues of the magazine! Prepare for the Geography Bee, read about animal behavior, learn more about dinosaurs, and learn Weird but True! facts (the most overdue library book was 288 years late! - see page 12). Although it’s designed for children, everyone can enjoy pictures of adorable animals, like those found in the articles below:

  • Summers, B. F.The 20 Cutest Animals Of All Time.” National Geographic Kids Aug. 2010: 20+.National Geographic Kids. Web.
  • Rini, Jen. “20 Cute Animals.” National Geographic Kids Nov. 2011: 22+. National Geographic Kids. Web.​
  • Olesin, Kate. “20 Cute Animals.” National Geographic Kids Sept. 2013: 16+. National Geographic Kids. Web.

Remember to enter your library card number to access UAPL’s premium 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.