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

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Glaciers & Mountains -- Oh My

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The world is such an adventurous and mysterious place.  Why not whet your appetite for adventure and the unknown by checking out some of the resources here at the UAPL Reference Department?  Here are some excellent resources on some of the Earth's most striking characteristics: earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers and mountains.

Reference Books:

Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes - Includes a chronology of earthquake and volcanic eruptions, eye witness accounts, and entries on history's deadliest earthquakes and volcanoes.
Glaciers - Learn about the birth and decay of glaciers, different glacier families, and what it's like to live and travel on glaiciers.
The Mountain Encyclopedia - Includes information on the world's highest mountain peaks and volcanoes as well as the 50 tallest mountaintops in America.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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Robin Williams, the amazingly talented comedian and an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, passed away this week. He earned the nickname “the wildman of comedy” by doing such zany things as impersonating voices in rapid succession as well as for veering off topic during serious interviews. If you are a fan you will remember your favorite jokes, characters and one-liners from his varied repertoire.  If you would like to learn more about the breadth and depth of his career, as well as his sometimes-troubled life, go to the Gale Biography in Context database. It offers a panoply of sources of information about him in one location.

When you click on the link above, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN before connecting to the database.  

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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:

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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.