Accessibility: Databases

A guide to Library resources and services regarding accessibility
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Database Accessibility

Library databases come from a variety of domestic and international companies. EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest provide a substantial number of databases and these vendors are compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and/or W3C WAI WCAG 2.0. Specific information about each vendor is provided below.

Contact the Raynor First Floor Information Desk or use the Ask a Librarian service if you are experiencing difficulties with a database.

EBSCO Databases

EBSCOhost databases provide a text to speech option for HTML Full Text articles. However, many articles are not available in HTML. When you have located an article, click on HTML Full Text and there will be an option to listen. You can also download these audio files in MP3 format.

Newer PDFs in EBSCO are ADA compliant. EBSCO Publishing began providing its scanned PDFs with an Optical Character Reader (OCR) text layer in September 2004. For assistance with older pdfs, contact the Raynor Information Desk.

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Elsevier - Science Direct

Gale Databases

Gale Databases (such as Biography in Context and Business Insights: Essentials,) provide a Listen function for full-text articles. Wherever the Listen icon is present, there is the option to have the document read aloud. The Listen tool also allows you to download the audio file as a MP3.

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ProQuest Databases

ProQuest databases contain many PDFs which are ADA compliant. However, older content was created from scanned images of original text that is not accessible to screen readers. This content is identified throughout ProQuest with the label 'Scanned image PDF.' For assistance with older pdfs, contact the Raynor Information Desk.

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