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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.

Closed Captions/Subtitles

Many of the visual materials in the Library's collection are available with Closed Captioning and English subtitles.

To retrieve a list of resources with captions, do an advanced search using the phrase "for the hearing impaired" as the Subject and limiting the Material Type to Video/Film.


advanced search showing how to limit to material for the hearing impaired

Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press is a streaming video platform that hosts several academic video collections.

Some Alexander Street Press videos provide transcripts which are synchronized with the video and will highlight the text spoken as the video plays. It will also, by default, scroll along with the video. To turn off this feature, simply move your mouse into the transcript area and your mouse movements will override the normal scrolling. At any time, you may also click a section within the transcript to skip forward or back within the corresponding video.

The entire transcript is located in the transcript pane, the first of the tabbed panes at center right, or by clicking the "Transcript" icon in the Toolbar at the top of the screen. Transcripts are searchable by keyword if you would like to search for and jump to a particular part of the video.


Some performing arts videos have multilingual subtitles that can be selected by clicking the CC icon in the toolbar beneath the player window. Where only one language is available, clicking this icon will turn the subtitles on or off. Where multiple languages are available, clicking this icon will bring up a menu of available languages. Outside of the performing arts collections, most non-English videos include embedded English subtitles, which cannot be turned off.

Films On Demand (FOD)

Films on Demand provides either closed captioning or interactive transcripts for all of its videos on the platform.
Closed Captioning

If this option is available, a CC button will appear in the video control panel. Click on this button to toggle captions on and off. You may also create a Films on Demand account and set your personal preferences to always show closed captioning. While most Films on Demand videos contained closed captioning, not all do. You can use the Advanced Search feature and limit your search only to videos that provide captions.

Interactive Transcripts

Interactive Transcripts also available for many videos. Interactive transcripts allow you to view the full text of the video, search within the full text, or click on any word in the transcript to jump to that exact point in the video. If you prefer this format for videos, you can use the Advanced Search feature to limit your search only to videos that provide interactive transcripts. 


KANOPY provides both closed captioning and interactive transcripts on most films. Closed captioning can be toggled on and off using the "CC" button in the video player controls. Interactive transcripts can be opened by clicking the "Transcript" button immediately beneath the video player. The interactive transcripts highlight or underline the words as they are being spoken in the video. Please see Kanopy's explanation of their closed captioning and interactive transcript features for additional information.

Kanopy offers a Caption Request Tool for any videos that do not currently have captioning, providing any user with the ability to request that a film be captioned, directly from the film page in question. Kanopy promises a rapid turnaround time for all caption requests. Patrons may also use the search filters on the results screen to limit their searches only to videos that already provide captioning.