For staff: Ulster programmes

Staff homepage on the Library Portal. Do not forward staff guides outside the QAHE staff community.


The Ulster University does not restrict access to its subscriptions for QAHE-based students and staff.

OpenAthens access is different to student access.


Students and staff have access to two library services.

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

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

Suggesting and requesting resources, and borrowing textbooks


Staff username: an associate staff number, e.g. a11702. 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 with the university. For enquiries, students should contact the Academic Enquiries team (uuacademicenquiries).

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 with the university. For enquiries, students should contact the Academic Enquiries team (uuacademicenquiries).

OpenAthens (access management system)

If the OpenAthens login has not been provided to you straightway, please check your university email inbox: search for OpenAthens. If you have not received an email inviting you to create the OpenAthens password, please contact Mavis Wilson at You will have to provide your DOB and national insurance number to be enrolled on RAD as an associate staff member. You will receive an email to your university address with a link to create the OpenAthens password. The OpenAthens username for staff is uls followed by the staff number, e.g. ulsa11702.

In the OpenAthens dialogue screen, staff members use the menu on the left, while students use the one on the right. More about students' OpenAthens login.

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. Address to share: Guide


The following slides explain the difference between various information types, their location and tools to be used for searching. The following guide lists the most useful electronic resources for students of Business and Management.


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)