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,  
  • 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

Living in the Anthropocene

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It has been said that we are living in the Anthropocene. This term was introduced in 2002 by the Dutch-born atmospheric chemist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen to denote the current geologic epoch of the earth. It translates as the “Age of Humans” and implies that human beings affect as much change on the earth system as do major forces of nature which have accounted for past geologic epochs.  Although the term has not been formally approved, it is used a lot. In fact, the Smithsonian in Washington DC currently has a webpage called “Living in the Anthropocene: Living in the Age of Humans”. 

Gingerbread - The Quiz

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When I was a child I did not like the taste of gingerbread.  As an adult I love it and look forward to enjoying it every holiday season.  In honor of this tasty treat I have composed a quick quiz based on the history of gingerbread with some (I hope) surprising facts for you.

The answers are given at the end of the quiz.  All answers have been taken from the UAPL collection of databases and e-reference books.Gingerbread Man dancing

  1. When was gingerbread first developed?  (Select one of the following)
    1. toward the end of the late Middle Ages
    2. in the 1800s by pioneers from Germany who settled in Connecticut
    3. in the 1950s by a Home Ec teacher in Indianapolis


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.
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.