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NEW! 4 additions to our Virtual Reference Collection

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Take a peek at the latest resources added to our virtual reference “shelf.” Access our online reference volumes and databases 24/7! All you need is your UA Library card and PIN:

Cover image of book: Clothing and Fashion

  • Clothing and Fashion Examines the historical significance of fashion trends, revealing the social and cultural connections of clothing from precolonial years to the present. As seen through the lens of the clothes we wear–from the Native American moccasin to Manolo Blahnik's stiletto heels. Lots of color images!
  • America in the World, 1776 to the Present  A transnational view of US history, focusing on the role of the US, while also analyzing how the world has influenced our country. It discusses the increasingly important role of the US, from the early days of the republic to the present. Lots of images.
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts Uses case studies to explore acts of violence between ethnic or national communities. An ideal reference to quickly gain an understanding of ethnic struggles across the globe.
  • Mental Health and Mental Disorders A comprehensive view of mental health that addresses both mental well-being and illness. Covering the full continuum of mental health, the set describes biology and neurology of the brain, emotions, and the traits and characteristics of mental well-being.

Also, America's Top-Rated Cities, America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities, and Comparative Guide to American Suburbs were updated.

To access these anytime:

  1. Go to
  2. Move the mouse over the heading ‘Research’ at the top of the page
  3. Select 'Databases' from the drop-down menu, and click on a database or eBook for access
  4. Enter the 10-digit number on the back of your library card, your PIN number, and click 'Log In.'

Take some time to explore the e-resources UA Library makes available through our website. In addition to our reference books and databases, we offer e-books, e-magazines, and movies and music downloads. Click Explore on the library’s home page!

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.

His gaunt physique, his uncanny musical skills and his unconventional way of holding the violin, added to his bizarre public persona to the point that some called him “demonic”. He had the ability to spread his fingers more widely than normal, perhaps because of a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Finally, he added to his own Goth mystique by wearing black clothes, riding in a black coach pulled by black horses, and seeming to enter a trance while performing

Read more about this enigmatic musician and his era in sources provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library. 

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