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

Genealogy 101

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Old books with spines labeled "my memories," "family photos," and "documents."

Ever wondered about your great-great-grandparents? Genealogists enjoy studying their family trees to learn the often fascinating stories of their family members. If you’re new to genealogy, the Reference Department recommends several helpful resources:

There are two helpful search strategies for beginners:

Time for a New Car?

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Old red car with plants growing in itThinking about buying a new car? The Reference Department has many resources to help you out. Whether you want to learn more about a new car, find safety ratings, or locate reliable reviews, these should get you started:

  • ConsumerReports.org - Find the latest reviews on each make and model, new or used. All you need to access this resource is your library card number and PIN.
  • Safercar.gov - How did the car you like do in crash test ratings? Learn more about safety here.
  • The Car Book - This annual guide will fill you in on all the details of any car you’re interested in - from repair costs and warranty ratings to safety features and insurance costs.

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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.