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

The Demonic Violinist

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Niccolo Paganini was born on October 27, 1782 in Genoa, Italy. He was an Italian composer and a violinist of extraordinary virtuosity who became the most popular musician of his dayGrainy black and white image of Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini performing

In 1828 he began a European tour that was wildly successful. His behavior was outrageous.He created strange sounds from his violin and he received large sums of money for performing. Rumors about his personal life were rampant.He caused women in his audiences to swoon and he frequently played benefit concerts for indigent artists. Although he played classical music in the nineteenth century, he had something of the aura of a modern-day rock star.

Curious local voting history; learn more about our electoral past

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We have stacks and stacks of Ohio Room materials pulled out as fact-checking resources for the next edition of UA Historical Society’s History of Upper Arlington. I picked up Architecture Columbus, and as I was flipping through, a photo of a very small building identified as a “Columbus Voting Booth, circa 1900” caught my eye. What’s this?

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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.