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Whether you are researching a history paper or just want to learn more about a certain time period or event in history, these are some great sources to get you started. UAPL's Reference Librarians have compiled these recommended websites, books, magazines and databases that are authoritative and perfect for bringing local, American and World History alive for you.


The following are part of the Upper Arlington Public Library's premium resources. Unless you are in one of our library locations, you will need your library card number and PIN in order to access them. Please note: Links to our databases open in a new window or tab in your browser.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: eBooks on  History  Includes full online access to the following titles:

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Proquest Historical Newspapers
Access full-image, historical coverage of two prestigious newspapers from one database: New York Times (1851-2010) and Wall Street Journal (1889-1996).

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ABC- CLIO History Databases
These history databases include different aspects and time periods in history. Use the links below to find the specific resource(s) that relate to your topic:

Click here for the entire list of databases and ebooks related to History.

Reference Resources

These materials are available for use in the Reference Department of the Main Library. Click on the links for more title and location information.


Some current issues of the following magazine and journal titles are available for checking out, while in some cases older issues may be accessed at the Main Library's Reference Department. Follow the links to the catalog or see a librarian for more information:

Archives/Special Collections

The Reference Department retains many years of back issues and/or microfilm to some popular news and entertainment magazines containing historically valuable information written during important events and time periods. Titles that are retained include:

The following print indexes will help you locate specific articles within these magazines:

For local history research, the Upper Arlington Public Library Ohio Room contains materials on the history of Ohio, Columbus and Franklin County, including books and magazines, as well as a pamphlet file that includes clippings of news articles chronicling aspects of the recent history of Columbus and Franklin county.

Search Starters

Get started with your research by seeing some examples of what  UAPL has in its collection on subjects related to History: