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 4 distinct apps to you for download on your iOS or Android devices: 

  • Mango Languages for Libraries, 
  • ReferenceUSA for iPad, 
  • 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.

News from the Reference Desk

Preventing Burst Pipes, and Other Topics in Freezing Weather

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The Home Improvement Reference Center has advice on how to prevent frozen pipes, and what to do if they do freeze. When there is “imminent danger of freezing,” they advise turning at-risk faucets on – remember that running water, even a slow trickle, is less likely to freeze. An increase in the water bill may be preferable to a burst pipe.

Newsweek to be Printed Again

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Newsweek final coverIt seemed an end of an era in when in 2012, after 80 years, the magazine Newsweek stopped printing. But now, with a new owner and some changes planned, Newsweek will be back in print sometime in early 2014.

The New York Times reported December 3, 2013 that a small digital media company, IBT Media, bought Newsweek in August, and plans to depend more on subscribers, rather than advertisers, for revenue, devoting more space to stories and increasing the cost of subscriptions.

To read articles from the digital edition of Newsweek, check out UAPL's Zinio service, where you can download current issues of the magazine to read. To search issues of Newsweek for specific topics, try using the database Masterfile Premier (EBSCO), where Newsweek is indexed from 1984 to the present.

Finally, come to the Reference Department of the Main Library to access issues of Newsweek from 1933 to the last print issue of December 31, 2012 from our microfilm and magazine archive collection. See a librarian for help searching this collection.

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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:

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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.
Chat Reference This statewide program answers your reference questions and provides homework assistance through a 24-hour live online service. Simply log in with your Ohio zip code, and your questions will be answered via a chat session with a reference librarian.
Ohio Web Library The Ohio Web Library provides Internet services and research databases to Ohio’s 251 public libraries. Browse their resources for adults, kids, teens, and teachers.