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Online Learning at QMU: Home

This guide is designed to support students on QMU programmes who study entirely or mainly online. It provides information about how to access library resources online, and other important information relating to the library and study skills.

Welcome to the Online Learning at QMU Library Guide. This guide is intended to give you some key information about how to find and use materials and support for your studies.

In this guide

The tabs at the top of this guide give you information about:

  • Databases and journals
  • Video resources
  • Support for your studies
  • Other services available through the library to help you access resources 
  • Remote access (for easier access to ebooks, journals and databases)
  • Accessibility (for support if you are disabled, neurodivergent or have a print disability)

The boxes on the right below provide links to other library guides on topics including:

  • Finding and using ebooks 
  • How to get the most out of Talis Resource Lists 
  • Library subject guides
  • Referencing and plagiarism
  • Tips on searching for information and resources for your studies

Other guides

The links below take you to QMU Library Guides for other relevant topics, like getting the most out of Talis Resource Lists, what resources are most useful for your specific subject, searching for information, and critical appraisal.

QMU Discover

Discover is QMU Library's tool for searching across all of our books and most of the database and journal content we provide access to.

You can access it on the QMU Library website, via the Library link on Canvas, or using the search box below.

Discover - a single search across most of the Library's resources

For guidance on using Discover, please watch the short video below.

Online library workshops

Resource lists

Many modules and programmes at QMU use the Talis Resource List tool to make it easier for you to see what resources your lecturers or module leaders expect you to read, watch or listen to as part of essential, recommended and background reading, and to help you manage your reading priorities. Find out more about how to get the most out of resource lists on the QMU Library Resource Lists Guide for Students.

Screenshot of a talis resource list showing titles of books and how you can indicate reading intentions using the starring tool

Library subject guides

Library subject guides have been developed to provide subject specific guidance about the resources most relevant to your programme. Find the one(s) most relevant to you here.


As a QMU student you are expected to follow specific styles for referencing and citation, and to undertake good academic practice. The QMU Guide to Referencing and Plagiarism covers how to do that.

You should use the Cite Them Right online guide for Harvard or APA referencing styles, whichever your programme requires.

Searching for information

For guidance on what kinds of information are available for academic work and how to search for information across these various sources, please see the QMU Library Guide on Searching for Information.

Critical appraisal

This QMU Library Guide on Critical Appraisal is designed to help students (mainly in Health Sciences, but there are checklist tools for Business and Education students) to understand the purpose and process of critical appraisal, and different methods and frameworks that can be used in different contexts.