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 3 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

Ohioana Past and Present

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Ohioana Book Festival image, with books and bunniesGet ready to hear from some of the amazing authors who call Ohio home - the Ohioana Book Festival is this Saturday, May 23 from 10 to 4:30pm. Come and enjoy author panels, poetry readings, and book signings! And be sure to register for a preview with some of our favorite Ohioana authors, who will be at the Tremont branch of the UAPL this Thursday at 7pm, for a panel discussion.

This year is the tenth Ohioana Book Festival, which marks ten years of awesome talent. The very first Ohioana Book Festival was held in September 2007, with the theme of “Good Roots,” and since this auspicious beginning, renowned authors from a variety of genres, including Toni Morrison, Karen Harper, Celeste Ng, Jeff Smith, Mary Doria Russell, Rita Dove, John Scalzi, Anthony Doerr, Jacqueline Woodson, and many, many more have returned to Ohio to celebrate our state’s literary heritage (okay, and to receive awards!). To learn more about any of these earlier book festivals, check out the Columbus Dispatch Archives.

Before Ben: it started with comic books

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Perhaps you haven’t heard…there’s a new Batman vs. Superman movie out, starring Ben Affleck. While superhero movies are huge moneymakers, the “franchise” started in 1938 with the first Superman comic book, followed the next year with the first Batman comic book. We have several great resources in Reference, if you'd like to know more about superhero history and comic books. 

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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 & 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.