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Accessibility Information for EBSCO Interfaces

EBSCOhost provides a number of accessibility features to allow users to navigate and interact with the Web site.

  • Landmarks – These define the page structure, like navigational areas and the main content.
  • Headings – These denote the beginning of sections of content.
  • Access Keys – These allow you to jump to different portions of the page.
    • Access Key 0 – Jump to the Help link.
    • Access Key 1 – Jump to the Search Results lists, when applicable.
    • Access Key 2 – Jump to the Search tool.

The following describes how to navigate different parts of the system.

Searching

On pages that contain the search tool, there are multiple ways to find the search tool.

  • Browse for the heading level 2 which begins with “Searching”, or
  • Browse for the landmark called “Search”, or
  • If your browser supports access keys, press Alt + 2 to go to the search field.

To use Basic Search:

  1. Begin typing your keywords into search box.
  2. If you want to search by Author or Title, select Shift+Tab, followed by Enter if using a screen reader, and then use arrow keys to select the one you want. Tab to return to search box.
  3. Once you begin to type in the search box, beneath the box there will be a list of suggestions. You can access these using your arrow keys. If you select one of the suggested terms, the search will automatically run upon hitting Enter.
  4. If you do not want to select one of the suggestions, you can arrow up to return to the search box and continue typing your own keywords.
  5. If you want to clear the text in the Search box, then while in the box, tab once to the Clear option.

To perform an Advanced Search:

  1. Select the Advanced Search link.
  2. Follow the procedures for “To use the search tool” for entering your search term.
  3. To change the search parameter, from within the text search, input press Tab to reach the parameter button.
  4. When on the button press the Space key.
  5. Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate the list of options. The radio button will be listed first, then the label for the radio button.
  6. When you are on the radio button you want, press the Space key.
  7. Press Tab to go to the next search criteria, and repeat steps 1-6, or continue to press Tab to get to the Search button.
  8. Note, on the subsequent search criteria there will be an additional button for selecting the Boolean operator to apply. This button functions the same as the parameter button.
  9. For additional options, continue to read down through the page or search for the heading 3 called “Search Options”. In this section there are additional search parameters to apply. At the end of the section is another Search button to perform the selected search.
Browsing Search Results

There are multiple ways to find the search results:

  • Browse for the heading level 1 which begins with “Search Results”, or
  • Browse for the landmark called “main”.
  • If your browser supports access keys, press Alt + 1 to go to the first search result.

To navigate the search results, each result is returned as a list item, so they can be browsed using standard list navigation techniques.

Screen readers and PDF documents

PDF content will often be more readable and more easily navigated by screen readers when it is displayed directly in Adobe Reader. For PDF documents, download them to your computer and open then in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks and Accessibility at EBSCO.

Screen readers and EPUB documents

EPUB content will often be more readable and more easily navigated by screen readers when it is displayed directly in an application on the desktop. For EPUB documents, download them to your computer and open then in Adobe Digital Editions.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks and Accessibility at EBSCO.

General Screen Reader Help Topics
Using JAWS with PDF Files

Click the following link to read documentation from Adobe on PDF documents and assistive technology.

Accessing PDF Documents with Assistive Technology: A Screen Reader User’s Guide

Screen Reader Documentation

The following links offer documentation for the JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver screen readers.