Electronic Book and Journal Accessibility

Overview

The UA Library has access to a wide variety of electronic resources available for you to use in your course. Contact your Librarian (https://new.library.arizona.edu/about/contact/your-librarian) for assistance in finding the right materials. Below is a compiled list of electronic books and journals that link to their accessibility statements, along with some details of different access features or limitations. If you encounter any accessibility issues while using any electronic resource, contact us at: drc-books@email.arizona.edu 

SAGE Books

Features:

  • Resize text
  • Export citations
  • Download chapters as PDFs

University Press Scholarship Online

Features:

  • Resize text (using Internet browser settings: i.e. Ctrl +)
  • Export citations
  • Download chapters as PDFs

Wiley Online

Features:

  • Resize text (using Internet browser settings: i.e. Ctrl +)
  • Export citations
  • Limited figure/image descriptions 
  • Download chapters as PDFs

Limitations:

  • Automatic moving content cannot be paused, stopped, or hidden
  • Significant portion of site cannot be accessed with keyboard alone
  • Limited screen reader usability (i.e. limited alt text, form fields not labeled, heading misuse)
  • Some content is available as “Full Text” but limited on image/figure descriptions

Springer Link

Features:

  • Resize text (using Internet browser settings: i.e. Ctrl +)
  • Export citations
  • Limited figure/image descriptions  
  • Download chapters as PDFs (EPUBs available sometimes)

Limitations:

  • Rotating advertisements banners on Home/Search Results pages cannot be stopped or hidden
  • Can’t bypass repeated navigation information on the Home, Search Results, and Advanced Search page
  • Limited screen reader usability (i.e. limited alt text, form fields not labeled, heading misuse)
  • PDFs aren’t tagged, titled, and do not have defined language(s)

Science Direct

Features:

  • Resize text (using Internet browser settings: i.e. Ctrl +)
  • Export citations
  • Figure/image descriptions limited or not available
  • Download chapters as PDFs
  • Content is available in HTML format - switch to this for the best screen reader experience

Limitations:

  • Way finding with screen reader or keyboard is not consistent
  • Placeholder text labels may be difficult for users (text should remain visible)
  • PDFs aren’t tagged

EBSCOHost

Features:

  • Text can be enlarged, copied, searched, and looked up in dictionary
  • Figure/image descriptions limited 
  • Built in text to speech for articles (HTML format only)
  • MP3s available for selected sections
  • Export citations
  • Download chapters as PDFs (EPUBs available sometimes)
  • Navigation Guide: Provides keyboard/screen reader tips to be used in the search function
  • Ebook User Guide: Provides keyboard/screen reader tips for reading ebooks
  • Read Out Loud Guide: Describes the built-in text-to-speech feature.
  • The process for requesting a remediated ebook file:
    • If you discover that an ebook file available via EBSCOhost does not include sufficient accessibility support, EBSCO can provide a DRM-free copy of the ebook to the librarian upon request. Please ask your librarian to send an email to accessibility@ebsco.com with the name of your library, title and ISBN of the ebook in question, and the targeted assistive technology.
    • EBSCO will return the DRM-free ebook file to the requesting librarian via email as soon as possible, within 3-5 business days of the request. If an alternate delivery method is preferred please provide EBSCO with instructions for accessing and uploading to that location.

Limitations:

  • Insufficient text color contrast
  • Limited screen reader usability (i.e. limited alt text, form fields not labeled, heading misuse)
  • Boolean control operators (“And,” “Or” and “Not”) do not have text labels
  • Limited ability for screen reader users to search, filter, sort, or share
  • PDFs aren’t tagged

ProQuest Ebook Central

Features:

  • Text can be copied, highlighted, and enlarged (with zoom feature)
  • OpenDyslexic typeface available
  • Notes can be added
  • Figure/image descriptions limited or not available
  • Download chapters as PDFs
  • Turn on Accessibility Mode (screen readers only)

Limitations:

  • Accessibility Mode only available to screen reader users
  • [True?]Non-screen readers must contact UA library admin to have Accessibility Mode turned on
  • Insufficient text color contrast for some elements
  • Placeholder text labels may be difficult for users (text should remain visible)
  • Limited screen reader usability (i.e. limited alt text, form fields not labeled, heading misuse) 
  • Sort menus are not accessible for screen reader users
  • PDFs and EPUB documents aren’t tagged 
  • Images and charts may not be available online in Accessibility Mode.

Safari Books

Features:

  • Text can be enlarged, copied, highlighted
  • Screen color can be changed
  • Notes can be added
  • Number of words per line can be  changed
  • Search within text
  • Figure/image descriptions limited or not available 

Disability Resources (DRC) is YOUR resource for ensuring accessible content!

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