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

April showers bring May flowers…and mulch more

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It's April, and with warmer days and spring rain, everything has quickly ‘greened up.’  If you’re like me, you are thinking about what to do with your yard this year. UAPL Reference has magazines, online databases, and essential reference books that can answer just about any question, help with ‘how-tos,’ and inspire great ideas with beautiful photos. Check out these sources on gardening and outdoor projects: BH&G Cover Image

Cleaning: A Necessary Evil

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Mop scrubbing wood floorIt’s spring, which means it’s finally time for spring cleaning… wait, don’t click the back button!

Alright, I can’t muster any enthusiasm for vacuuming either - cleaning is basically the worst, but alas, it needs to be done. If you’re tackling a large whole-house cleaning, we can recommend some resources for what to do with all the stuff you need to get rid of:

  • Price it! - Maybe you don’t need that harvest gold appliance or shag rug, but someone else might be dying to get some seventies into their home - find out how much your antiques, collectibles, and miscellaneous items are worth, so you can sell them for the best price
  • SWACO - Recycle what you can, but safely dispose of everything you can’t. Find out what to do with everything from old TVs to batteries here


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.