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Accessibility support from the Library: Accessing Library resources

About our Library Resources

Many of the Library resources are available electronically both on and off campus. This electronic content is provided by external publishers and the accessibility of these resources can vary, although most can be accessed without a problem using the features within software such as Jaws, or features within your computers operating system, or free plug-ins for web browsers. 

We have created an eResources accessibility guide which details the accessibility of many of the most commonly used of our resources.  There are also suggestions for some free assistive tools which you may find useful.

If you have a print impairment and need access to content which is not available electronically, please contact us at libraryhelpdesk@staffs.ac.uk

Accessing our eBooks

There are a number of options you might want to change within an eBook to make it more accessible to your needs.  These include:

  • Changing the text size
  • Changing the text colour
  • Changing the background colour
  • Having text read out loud 

Not all of these options will be available within the eBook platform itself, but there may be options within web browers, eReader software or Adobe Acrobat which allow you to make some changes.  

Use the tabs to see information on how you can make changes in our main eBook platforms.

If you have problems accessing any of our resources electronically, check for guidance on accessing specific resources in our eResource accessibility guide. If you still have problems please contact us on libraryhelpdesk@staffs.ac.uk with details of the resource you are trying to access and any errors shown.

ProQuest provide Accessibility Mode as an option that can be turned on within Ebook Central by using a screen reader such as JAWS or VoiceOver.  Once turned on, Ebook Central's interface changes to a text-based view and the screen reader can then be used to read the text on the screen and control navigation.

Once accessibility mode is enabled, your screen reader will read out instructions on toggling the mode off in case you ever need to disable it.

Accessibility mode can also be enabled by the Ebook Technical Support team. Please contact ebooksupport@proquest.com to request accessibility mode if you cannot enable it directly using your screen reader.
 

Changing Text Size

Text throughout Ebook Central can be resized using standard browser or operating system controls without loss of content or functionality and without use of horizontal scrolling.

Changing Font and Background Colours

Foreground and background colours may be inverted by the user.

Read Aloud

You can use your screen reader with chapter download or full document download on  Ebook Central. From the Detail Page, the screen reader can be used to either 'full download' the book using Adobe Digital Editions, or 'chapter/page-range download' parts of the book to a full-text PDF.  Text can then be read using the normal features within the software.Read aloud features within your device's operating system, or free accessibility tools will also work with eBook Central.

Accessibility Video from eBook Central

ProQuest have produced a video which highlights the accessibility features available:

Dawsonera has worked to improve the platform’s compliance with disability standards.  They are working with the RNIB building towards achieving their Accessibility accreditation.  See the Dawsonera Accessibility Statement for more information on the features enabled within the software. 

For a downloaded copy of Dawsonera eBooks, the PDF file provided allows you to have full control of the following accessibility options including:

  • Full control of ‘read out loud’ functionality
  • High contrast colours or custom colours
  • The ability to override the page display
  • Set the zoom preference
  • Always display the keyboard selection cursor
  • Always use the system selection colour

These can be set as normal within your screen reader or other accessibility software, operating system or web browser settings. 

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