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

Accessible Travel

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Image of Washington DC at nightThinking of traveling? The UAPL has many resources on planning a trip in the United States and abroad, including some for travelers with disabilities. If you’re staying in the United States or traveling with a U.S. company, be aware of your rights from the Americans with Disabilities Act. Next, plan your trip with these resources:

First, check out these helpful websites:

  • Mobility International USA provides the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, which includes a great deal of information for travelers with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities. There is advice on international exchange programs and finding funding, as well as tipsheets for travelers.
  • Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality contains information for travelers with mobility, sensory, and non-apparent disabilities, and has worked with travel agents to raise awareness about accessible travel - some information is a bit dated, as the most recent update is from 2012.
  • Rick Steve’s Europe: Travelers with Disabilities gives specific advice on traveling in Europe with a wheelchair, and suggests tour groups that are accessible.
  • MossRehab Accessible Travel Resources provides tips and helpful links to car and van rental companies, and hotels and motels in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Department of State: Traveling with Disabilities has information on preparing for a trip, including enrolling in the STEP program, and links to different government resources on flying or cruising with disabilities.

Shirley Temple

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shirley templeFormer child actress, US ambassador and cancer survivor Shirley Temple died Monday, February 12 at the age of 85.

Best known as being undisputedly the most famous and successful child actor of all time, she left acting at the age of 22 and went on to lead a full personal and professional life. Find out more about this American icon. Remember, you will need your library card number to access UAPL's Research Databases.

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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.
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.