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 Your Next Favorite Book

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Looking for a new favorite book or author? Check out some of our literature databases!

Artemis logo imageArtemis Literary Sources - find information on literature from all over the world, or discover new authors and works through the advanced search feature:

  1. Click the preceding link, or go to, select “Research” and “Databases” and scroll down to “Artemis Literary Sources”
  2. Click on “Advanced Search”
  3. Select either “Person Search” to find authors, or “Work Search” to find a literary work.
  4. Either way, scroll down past the search bar to the “Limit Results” area.
  5. If you picked “Person Search,” you can search by the author’s background, including their occupation, literary movement, place of birth, and much more. Search by “Genre” and “Subject/Theme” to limit to just mysteries on absurdity, for example. If you “browse” for a genre, be sure to hit “Submit” after selecting your choice.
  6. If you picked “Work Search,” search for a work based on the original language it was published in, or the author’s background. Select a time period that interests you, or a preferred material type, like poetry.
  7. Click search at the bottom of the page when you’ve made your selections.
  8. Click on an author or work to learn more about that person or work - next, on the top right, select a “Content Type” to narrow the results.

Check the UAPL catalog to find any of these works and authors in the library - if we don’t have a title you want, consider making a purchase suggestion, or request an  Interlibrary Loan.

What if it's not in Consumer Reports?

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What if Consumer Reports doesn’t have reviews or buying guides for a product or service you are looking for? The Reference Department has several additional resources that you may find helpful. Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access UAPL’s premium resources from home.

  • Weiss Financial Ratings Online has financial ratings for banks, credit unions, and more, but it also has helpful Consumer Guides about topics from Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage to Automobile Insurance.
  • James Dulley’s $ensible Home has information on everything from metal roofing to home security systems, and great advice on saving money around the house. General information is available from home, but the Update Bulletins can only be accessed at a UAPL branch. As he is an engineer, the bulletins are extremely detailed and informative.

If these resources don’t have the information you’re looking for, please stop by the Reference Department - we have also have Consumers Digest, and the Columbus Monthly Best Doctors and Best Dentists issues available. We’d be happy to guide you through our Consumer Collection, with information on buying a home, hearing aids, and much more!

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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:

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.