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Accessibility Tips for Library Resources

This guide offers publishers' policies and tips for using accessibility features of major UA Libraries online resources such as ebooks and databases.

AccessMedicine eBooks

Clinical Key/Elsevier

ClinicalKey aspires to meet all accessibility guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 A and AA and the U.S. Section 508 Standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, as well as similar standards enacted by countries around the globe. Customers may download the VPAT Accessibility Conformance Report to see compliance with specific guidelines.

Select the options below to find out more information on each topic:

Screen-Reader Friendly

  • The user interface and all content are available in HTML, which is compatible with screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA and Apple's VoiceOver.
  • Pages are well structured with headings, landmarks, and lists, which allow users of assistive technology to easily jump around pages and understand content.
  • Math content is available in MathML, which can be spoken by text-to-speech engines or converted to Braille and pasted into math equation editors or Microsoft Office documents.
  • Pages employ ARIA (Accessibility for Rich Internet Applications) to enhance navigation, orientation, and labelling for users of screen readers and other assistive technology.
  • User interface images have alternative text descriptions to convey the meaning of an image to screen readers.
  • All books and journals are available as PDFs with searchable text.


EBSCO eBooks strives to comply with the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 level A and AA and the U.S. Section 508 Standards of the Federal Rehabilitation Act. Where possible, they go beyond compliance to ensure that all users can have a positive experience with their products and equal access to information. Known limitations of the platform are documented below:

ProQuest Ebook Central

ProQuest Ebook Central is designed for patrons with accessibility needs, particularly the blind and visually impaired.

Researchers can change the font for the Ebook Central interface to OpenDyslexic, an open-source typeface designed to combat symptoms of dyslexia, directly from the Profile page through Ebook Central.

Patrons using a screen reader may turn on Accessibility Mode themselves. For patrons who don’t use a screen reader but have accessibility needs, Accessibility Mode can be requested for their account at Please also feel free to contact the Library with questions regarding resource accessibility.

Accessibility Mode controls can be adjusted through your Profile. Select "Profile" under "Settings," then adjust the accessibility settings.

ProQuest Ebook Central Profile

ProQuest Ebook Central Accessibility Mode

Additional information about ProQuest Ebook Central's accessibility features may be found at the ProQuest Ebook Central LibGuide Ebook Central (ProQuest)