Finding ebooks

Reading lists

Consult your reading list (QAHE LibrariesUniversity Library) to find the resources recommended by lecturers for your modules.

Books (printed or electronic) are perfect for learning the general theory of a new topic. They should be your first port-of-call when starting your research.

An ebook is an electronic version of a printed book. You can read it on devices such as a computer or tablet. Ebooks are available online 24/7.

QAHE Libraries

Search the library catalogue to find helpful ebooks. Read the library catalogue guide for further information.

Use VLeBooks to access ebooks. Read the guide for further information.

University Library

Access Ulster University library catalogue for an extensive range of ebooks. Read the library's guide for further information. When using this site, search results will include both ebooks and printed books located in Ulster. Refine your search to ebooks only.

Google Books

Google Books gives access to millions of scanned books, usually only their fragments, not full text. It searches inside books; therefore, it is good for researching topics normally covered on only few pages in large volumes. Some books are better and more appropriate for academic study than others, therefore always check:

  • Who are the authors: are they researchers or university tutors or experienced professionals/practitioners? Does the book have endorsements from other researchers and university tutors?

  • For whom it is written: various books are written for different audiences, e.g. general public, undergraduate or postgraduate students, specialists in a particular subject. Choose those that you can understand and leave aside those that don’t make sense or seem too basic.

  • Who is the publisher: have they published other academic titles? If the publisher is obscure or unknown to you, check again that the author is a reputable researcher and that the book has endorsements from other researchers and academic institutions.