For staff: Middlesex programmes

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TWO LIBRARIES

Students and staff have access to two library services.

University Library

The Middlesex University limits access to its subscriptions according to publishers' licence permissions. Only the resources in LibGuide should be promoted to our students.

QAHE students can visit and study at the main university library. However, they may only borrow books from the QAHE Libraries.

Access the catalogue for ebooks and printed textbooks, reading lists, guides, library sessions and 1:1 support here. Address to share: library.qahighereducation.com/middlesex

Suggesting and requesting resources, and borrowing textbooks

ACCESS

Staff username and password is provided by the QAHE Quality team (Maddy Lee). For students, access details are emailed to their personal address upon enrollment with the university.

Authentication

The university uses EZproxy, technology simplifying authentication. After logging into the myUniHub, no further usernames and passwords are required for most library resources. Some resources require creating an additional account as specified in the LibGuide.

VLeBooks (QAHE ebook library)

To log in, use the QA's Office 365 login if you already have it. Alternatively, use qahigher for the Organisation ID; your corporate email address for the username; and QAHEstaff for the password. Guide

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The following slides explain the difference between various information types, their location and tools to be used for searching.

Textbooks

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

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 or similar. For some paid-for publications, use the Business Source Complete database: after searching, limit 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 or similar; see also Open access.

A lot of market research is behind a paywall. There is no single aggregator or tool to search for all market research. Use each electronic resource one by one depending on your objectives. Business Source Complete, IBISWorld etc are listed in the LibGuide.

Scholarly publications

Academic research is published in scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journals, conference papers and monographs. The most commonly used tool for searching for academic research is Google Scholar. For the academic research databases available via the university subscriptions, see the LibGuide.