For staff: Solent programmes


Students and staff have access to two library services.

University Library

There is no a single landing page for QAHE-based students. See the Solent page on the QAHE Library Portal listing links to the Solent library catalogue, databases and LibGuides (subject guides).

QAHE Library

Address to share:

Suggest and request resources, and borrow textbooks

Partnership liaison librarian: Kelly Anyfantaki


Staff usernames and passwords are provided by the QAHE Quality team (Maddy Lee). Normally, the username is the QA email address, e.g.

For students, access details are emailed to their personal email address upon enrollment with the university. The username is their Solent student number.

Single Sign-On

The university uses the Shibboleth access management system (similar to OpenAthens) . QAHE staff are provided with a username and password by the QAHE Quality team (Maddy Lee); the username is a university email address, e.g.

For students, access details are emailed to their personal email address upon enrollment with the university. Their single sign-on username is in the format:

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


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


Textbooks are often the best starting point for researching new topics or subject areas. Reading lists give an idea of relevant textbooks: try Solent (also synced with SOL) and QAHE. The Library catalogues show what else is available: try Solent and QAHE.

Trade publications

Trade publications are a valuable source of practitioners' experience and applied knowledge. They are different to scholarly publications. Some are available on open access: use Google or similar. For some paid-for publications, use the ProQuest Business & ProQuest Technology Collection databases.

Market data and research

Market research, data and statistics are 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. See the list and guidance.

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 Solent subscriptions (alongside the open-access content): go to Settings - Library links - search for Solent - tick Solent University - Save.