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Using the Text-to-Speech Feature

If enabled by your administrator, the Text-To-Speech feature is available for several interfaces including, but not limited to, EBSCOhost, Literary Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, History Reference Center, Science Reference Center, and Read It!

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To use Text-To-Speech:

  1. Locate an EBSCOhost article in HTML format which you would like read to you.

  2. From the Accent drop-down menu, select an accent in which you would like the article to be read.

    text to speech - choose an accent

  3. Click the Settings icon settings icon to set your Reading Speed and Highlighting Options.

    Select your reading settings, including:

    • Speed
    • Text Highlighting and Options (Word Color, Sentence Color, Text Color)
    • Enhanced Text Visibility
    • Automatic Scrolling

    text to speech settings

  4. Click the Listen button to hear the article read outloud.


    Click the Download button download mp3 button to download an MP3 file of the article being read to your computer.

Use Text-To-Speech to Hear a Section of an Article

You may also choose to have only a section of an article read to you.

text to speech - highlighting text

Highlight the passage of text you would like to be read outloud. A new mini-toolbar appears. Click the Listen button on the mini-toolbar.

Downloading Text-to-Speech MP3s

You may also download audio files of HTML articles being read aloud to your computer in MP3 format.

To download Text-to-Speech MP3 files:

  1. On the Text-to-Speech toolbar, click the Download button.

    text to speech - downloading an mp3

  2. Select to Open or Save the file to your computer.

    text to speech - downloading an mp3

  3. If saving the file, browse to a location in the Save As dialog box and click Save.

    The MP3 file is saved to your computer.