Wallace Building Under Construction

The library’s circulating books, journals, and many of its services are now located in the Ritter Ice Arena. More information

NoodleTools Subscription Ending December 13, 2022. More details

Accessible Online Library Resources: e-Articles from Databases

This guide points to online services and resources at The Wallace Library.
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2022 1:56 PM

e-Articles from Databases

The majority of the library databases come from three companies, EBSCOGale, 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

  • choose the HTML Full-Text option and the Listen icon appears on the Tools list just under the article title
  • you may select three different accents and reading speeds
  • to pause the reading, click on the pause button
  • there also is an MP3 audio file download option

  • Downloading Text-to-Speech MP3s

  •  On the Text-to-Speech toolbar, click the Download button.
  • Select to Open or Save the file to your computer.
  •  If saving the file, browse to a location in the Save As dialog box and click Save.
  • The MP3 file is saved to your computer.

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

 Gale databases have a read-aloud feature described below For more information, read. Gale Listening to a Document/Downloading and MP3

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. 

Edit this Guide

Log into Dashboard

Use of RIT resources is reserved for current RIT students, faculty and staff for academic and teaching purposes only.
Please contact your librarian with any questions.

Facebook icon  Twitter icon  Instagram icon  YouTube icon