The majority of the library databases come from three companies, EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. Some article databases have accessible features such as language options to search the interface and translate articles. There are also text to voice options on HTML documents, and screen reader accessibility. If you are using other databases, you can find more information about these features by clicking the "Help" or "Accessibility" link on the database page. Explore other databases.
The library's databases present articles and abstracts in two different formats: PDF or HTML. HTML articles are read by "read aloud" software. PDF accessibility depends on how and when the articles were scanned. Recent PDFs scanned using the optical character recognition feature will be readable to screen readers.
Lexile measures and content levels help users find material that is appropriate for their reading level. You can find Lexile measures in the results page. You can limit your results to a particular Lexile measure or range by using the available search filters in the sidebar in both basic and advanced searches.
Lexile measures are determined based on an article's complexity and look at factors such as sentence length and vocabulary range. There are five Content levels, Level One through Level Five, which correspond to the following Lexile measures.
Level One: to 500L (K-2nd grade reading level)
Level Two: 501L-850L (2nd-4th grade reading level)
Level Three: 851L-1100L (4th-6th grade reading level)
Level Four: 1101L-1300L (5th-7th grade reading level)
Level Five: 1301L and up (7th-12th grade reading level)
Screen Reader accessibility information is available. PDFs after 2004 are ADA compliant. Read EBSCO FAQs about JAWS. and EBSCO Accessibility Navigation Guide for more information. For other questions, look at EBSCO Accessibility FAQs
EBSCO databases have a read-aloud tool described below.
Text to Speech-There is a read-aloud feature for HTML articles that may be manually activated. Find this below the article title. EBSCOhost Text to Speech
there also is an MP3 audio file download option
Downloading Text-to-Speech MP3s
Lexile Reading Measures-The MAS Ultra database offers articles with Lexile reading measures.
Language-You can select a language to search the interface. Go to the navigation bar and click on languages. You can also translate an article by selecting "choose language" above the HTML article title. This feature offers more languages to select from.(computer-generated translations).
Screen Reader and Accessibility Tips-Information on how to navigate and how to change font size, color, and background. Many ProQuest documents are ADA compliant. However, older PDFs (identified as ‘Scanned image PDFs’) are not accessible to screen readers. Proquest Accessibility Help has more information Proquest databases are available for your review.
Text to Speech-The SIRS database has this feature. Click on the Listen tool above the article. Articles may also be downloaded as an audio file in MP3
Lexile Reading Measures-The SIRS database offers articles with lexile reading measures.
Language-Under the Abstract and Full-Text headings of HTML article documents, you will see and can click on a translation option from one language to another.
Screen Readers-Not all Gale PDFs are ADA compliant
Text to Speech- has a read-aloud feature for articles. Click on the Listen button to have HTML full-text documents in Gale databases read aloud. The text will be highlighted as it is read. Articles may also be downloaded as an audio file in MP3.
On the Listen player, you can adjust the reading speed and customize other settings.
Listen to Part of the Document---Select the text that you want to hear read (ignore the Highlight pop-up). Click or tap Listen
TIP To reset the player, close the player (click or tap the Close Player arrows) or refresh the page. You can then select a different portion of the text or listen to the entire document.
Font Size-Adjust the font size in the left-hand section above the beginning of the article.
Lexile Reading Measures- The Opposing Viewpoints database has this feature. You can search for articles by Lexile level.
Language-Search the interface and translate articles in different languages. In order to search the interface, go to the upper right-hand section of the database page. You will see "English". Click on the arrow to see languages and click on a language. When you see an article you like, you can click "translate" in the left-hand section above the beginning of the article.