Can I use a screen reader or keyboard navigation to access EBSCOhost databases and ebooks?

  • Users of keyboard navigation should use the spacebar rather than the enter button to activate drop-down listboxes.
  • Users of screen reader swipe/gesture navigation should avoid Android devices.
  • EBSCOhost database articles:
    • HTML articles have a built-in text-to-speech functionality, but the user’s screen reader must be turned off for this to work.
    • If the content of an EBSCOhost database article is inaccessible to you, please contact to request an accessible alternative format.
  • EBSCO ebooks:
    • Users of screen readers on mobile devices should avoid using the Adobe Digital Editions app and instead use a third-party ebook app (such as PocketBook) with a native text-to-speech functionality.
    • Users of screen readers or keyboard navigation should avoid MacBooks for ebook reading. 
    • Users of screen readers on iOS devices should download any epub files rather than reading on screen.
    • Users of screen readers on Android devices should download any PDF files rather than reading on screen, and read instead with Adobe Reader’s native Read Aloud function.


  • Last Updated Oct 28, 2022
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  • Answered By Leigh Mosley

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