For staff: Ulster programmes


Students and staff have access to two library services.
For any queries regarding QA or Ulster libraries, please contact QA's partnership liaison librarian: Cara Clarke

Ulster Library

Access the library homepage for the library catalogue (ebooks), databases, USearch, reading lists and subject guides. Address to share:

QAHE Library

Address to share:

For information on how to request new library resources and staff loans of library books, please see the QA Staff Guide.

Partnership liaison librarian: Cara Clarke


Staff username: an associate staff number, e.g. a12345. The password is provided by the QAHE Quality team (Maddy Lee) or your line manager. Address to share:

For students, access details are emailed to their personal address upon enrollment. For enquiries, students should contact the Academic Enquiries team (

Staff username: university email address (format: i[nitial] The password is the same as for Blackboard. Address to share:

For students, the username is the university email address (format: surname-i[nitial] This is sent to the student's personal email address upon enrollment. For enquiries, students should contact the Academic Enquiries team (

OpenAthens (access management system for Ulster library resources)

Unlike some partners, Ulster University does not restrict access to its subscriptions for QAHE-based students and staff.

Your OpenAthens login will be sent to your university email inbox: search for OpenAthens. If not, please contact Mavis Wilson at You will receive an email to your university address outlining your OpenAthens details. The OpenAthens username for staff is uls followed by the staff number, e.g. ulsa12345.

In the OpenAthens dialogue screen (below), staff use the menu on the left, students use the menu on the right. Please see this guide for further information about students' OpenAthens login.

VLeBooks (QAHE ebook collection)

If QA's Office 365 is enabled for you, select the Office365 button for automatic login. Alternatively, use qahigher for the Organisation ID; your corporate email address for the username; and QAHEstaff for the password. Address to share: For further information on using VLeBooks please see this guide.



Textbooks are often the best starting point for researching new topics or subject areas. Reading lists give an idea of relevant textbooks; catalogues (Ulster, QAHE) show what else is available. More

Trade publications

Trade publications are a valuable source of practitioners' experience and knowledge. They are different to scholarly publications. Some are available on open access: use Google (not Google Scholar) or similar. For subscription publications, use USearch. After searching, narrow down the results with the Source Types filter.

Market data and research

Market research, data and statistics is often published (by governments, NGOs etc.) on open access - use Google (not Google Scholar) or similar; also, see Open access, Business statistics.

There is no a single aggregator or tool to search for market research in subscription resources. Use each electronic resource individually depending on your objectives. Databases explained

Scholarly publications

Academic research is published in scholarly (or peer-revewed) journals, conference papers and monographs. The most commonly used tool for searching for academic research is Google Scholar. To see Ulster subscriptions - alongside the open-access content, go to: Settings - Library links - search for Ulster - tick two boxes: Ulster University and University of Ulster - Save.

A library session video for QAHE-based students on the Ulster University master's programmes (11:48)