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

Easing the Stress of Car Ownership

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Public domain photo of rusted carI recently spent a morning on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck to take my car to the shop, only to find that my transmission had died and would cost more than the car's value to replace. This was just one of the many reminders I've gotten in my lifetime that sometimes it can be very stressful to own a car. Then when I went to a dealership to purchase a new car (preferably one with a functioning transmission), I remembered that car shopping can also be a stressful experience. So, dear patrons, to save you from similar anxiety I would like to share some of our many resources to make vehicle ownership more pleasant.

  • If you already own a car and would like to keep it in excellent, safe running condition, browse through our non-fiction books on car maintenance
  • Is your car having some troubles that you'd like to try to troubleshoot or fix on your own? Check out our Chilton Auto Repair Manuals database to view information on repairs, maintenance, and recalls for your specific vehicle.
  • Maybe, like me, you've decided it's time to purchase a new vehicle. Take a look at Consumer Reports to research cars, read reviews, and find recent relevant articles on car-buying.
  • Maybe your trouble isn't with your car at all, but you need information on your lawnmower, boat, motorcycle, tractor, chainsaw, or other smaller machine. Visit our Small Engine Repair Reference Center for maintenance and repair tips.

I hope you'll find these resources as helpful as I have in reducing the stresses of car ownership. Have fun and be safe on the road!

Opera 101

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Oxford Music Online

Opera is an awesome spectacle that has bankrupt kings. This over-the-top entertainment may seem inaccessible to beginners, but we’ve got several online and print resources that can help get you started.

Don’t forget to check out the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts every Saturday, drop by our Media Department for opera CDs, and be sure to put next month’s UAPL opera program on your calendar!


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.