Most library database content can be read with JAWS.
In general any article or book (usually a chapter) available in PDF content may be downloaded and read aloud in Adobe Acrobat.
Some Library databases, such as JSTOR, actually contain PDFs of page images. Since these articles were not created with optical character recognition they cannot be read aloud with either JAWS or Acrobat.
Two Library vendors, EBSCO and Gale, provide resources with native "read out loud" capability.
The Text-to-speech feature is available for many EBSCO databases from the Library homepage. Look for HTML full-text resuls. to find articles with this feature. If the article you need is only available in PDF, see the menu to the left for help with these.
Provides more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals, with indexing and abstracts for 10,900 publications. Content goes back as far as 1865. Covers many academic disciplines including art, music, literature, history, sociology, psychology, government, and science.
A comprehensive, full-text database of information from respected reference works, books, literary journals, and more, including author biographies, work overviews, and essays in literary criticism. Also includes poems and short stories. Comparable to Literature Resource Center. (Full text)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
The Gale "Listen" Function
All full-text content in Gale Databases has a "Listen" link available on the detail screen. Click on the title of the article in your search results. The Listen button appears right above the full text.
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"Gale In Context: Science is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience."