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

How Many Insects Did You Eat Last Year?

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Swarm of LocustsAccording to our newest eReference book, Americans eat between one and two pounds of insects every year. I regret learning this fact.

To learn more interesting things about what you eat and where it came from, check out Food and Drink in American History. Check out the fantastic history of what we eat, and discover more wild facts, like these:

  • Bananas were first introduced to the United States “at the Philadelphia Centennial World’s Exposition. A guard had to be stationed next to the tree to prevent fairgoers from stealing the bananas.”
  • Grape juice was strongly associated with the temperance movement.
  • Patricia Rain was also known as the Vanilla Queen.
  • You can make wax paper at home.

Finally, check out some historical recipes, like this lemon catchup, which you probably should not try at home.

Rewind 100 years: March 1915

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A People's Chronology logoThere were many fascinating things going on in our world one hundred years ago and most of them can be explored in our databases. Take a look at some of the events we missed in March 1915:

  • The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics ( NACA), the predecessor of NASA, was created to help our country discover more about aviation after the start of World War I. Learn more about the creation of NACA and the Aircraft Industry.
  • The Vancouver Millionaires defeated the Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup. View the actual announcement in the New York Times.
  • The Fight for Women's Suffrage was well underway as the National American Woman Suffrage Association pushed for change throughout the United States.
  • The Russians were victorious against the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Przemysl. Learn more about Grand Duke Nicholas, the commander of the Russian Army.
  • The governments of France, Great Britain, and Russia issued a joint declaration denouncing the “crimes against humanity” which were occuring during the tragic Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. 

These are just a few of the events that occured in our world 100 years ago. Explore our databases to see what else you may have missed!

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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.