Thigpen Library is committed to providing online resources which meet accessibility standards. Our subscription resources are regularly reviewed to ensure that current standards are being met. This guide page highlights certain features from select databases that might be of interest to our users.
Text-to-Speech is NOT a substitute for a screen reader. This feature, when available, converts text to audio. In other words, the article is read to you. This feature makes the content more accessible to people with dyslexia, learning disabilities, low literacy levels, impaired vision, or those who like to listen. Anyone with English as their second language may find this feature helpful.
In EBSCOhost databases an article available in the HTML format may have a Listen button. Listen online or use the Download button for an MP3 audio file. This feature is not available with eBooks or articles only available as a PDF.
Credo Reference provides the option to "listen to this page using ReadSpeaker." Clicking the button retrieves the toolbar which allows you to listen online or download a MP3 file.
Gale databases use the ReadSpeaker (read-aloud) feature. Use the Listen button to listen online or download an audio file with the Download MP3 tool.
Select Help from the More menu of the Gale database. Find the list of topics under Help Contents and select "Listen to Documents."
When using an EBSCO database select Help and a pop-up support box appears. Select "Using Text-To-Speech" from the list of topics under Viewing Results.
Accessibility features are highlighted for our major streaming video collections.