Q. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)


eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

 EBSCO eBooks are delivered on the EBSCOhost and EDS platforms, which are Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Priority A compliant, and for which VPATs are available. EBSCO eBooks also follow ARIA best practices and the recommendations of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative to make content accessible to all users.

Online, for PDF format eBooks, a hidden layer to enable the delivery of ASCII text for consumption by a screenreader is available. When the ASCII text is activated, title and alt tags, as well as introductory text are properly accessible. When using a keyboard to navigate, tab order within the online eBook Viewer is maintained.

Offline (downloaded) eBooks utilize Adobe Digital Editions software (ADE). ADE leverages accessibility features on Windows and Mac OS to support blind and low-vision users, such as high-contrast modes and resizing of the book’s text. ADE 2.0 also offers robust keyboard support. Screen reader users can use many different tools to read books with Digital Editions. More information about accessibility via ADE is available here: https://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility/category/digital-editions.

eBooks in EPUB format are easily accessible, both online and offline, because EPUB delivers HTML text, which is consumable by screen readers and accessibility tools.

For low-vision and blind users using JAWS screen reader software, JAWS version 12, or higher, is required in combination with Firefox web browser, to support ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) standards. Unfortunately, not all browsers support ARIA standards

To limit your search to bring up EPUB versions of  eBooks, type the following into the search box: FM EK and click search. This will bring up all the eBooks we have in the EPUB version. To add keywords into your search to narrow down to a topic area for your research, go back to the search box and add these in. Here is an example of a search with the FM EK text and keywords: FM EK AND  nursing AND patients

This search would tell the database to look for EPUB versions of eBooks that contain information about nursing and patients. The use of the word AND tells the database that each word needs to be present in order to bring back eBooks to put on your result list. Trying different combinations of keywords until you get eBook results that seem helpful to you is part of the research process.


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  • Last Updated Jan 17, 2019
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