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The University provides a variety of e-resources to support you in your studies. The resources are accessible via the Student Hub and include:

  • E-books
  • Journals
  • Online databases
  • Blackboard (VLE)
  • PebblePad e-portfolio

This area is designed to support you in accessing these materials using Assistive Software and how to make changes to the environment to enable ease of access.

More Accessible e-books - RNIB Bookshare

Did you know that Students with a disability or Spld can request fully accessible textbooks in a digital format to aid their studies. If you have any difficulties accessing e-resources please contact Academic Support or Caroline Briggs the Assistive Technology Adviser to receive a login for the RNIB BookShare (You do not have to be sight impaired to use this service)

If you are unable to access an ebook or other online materials please contact the Library Academic team or the Assistive Technology Officer Caroline Briggs 

Available Screen Readers on every student computer include:

  • TextHelp 10
  • Claro Read Pro

 For more information visit our Assistive Software Page





  • ProQuest: Ebook Central Accessibility Mode

    Using Screen readers with E-books can be a struggle, especially if you are unaware of the alternative ways of working or the need to turn accessibility functions on.

     ProQuest logo, ProQuestLogo Enabling the ProQuest Accessibility Mode

    ProQuest: Ebook Central provide an accessible experience which enables you to use a variety of screen readers and magnifiers with their online e-books. To utilise these functions you are required to turn the Accessibility Mode: On. This is done by:

    1. Navigating to an ebook on the ProQuest: Ebook Central Site

    2. Select Settings

    3. Select Profile

    4. Type in your Student e-mail address, twice as you need to confirm the address 

    5. Select the Enable Accessibility Mode using the radio button.

    6. Accept the Privacy Policy by ticking the box

    7. Select Save Changes

    The Accessibility mode will now be turned On and the e-books and Journals will now display as text rather than an image of text. A wide variety of Screen readers can now be used to interact with content.


    For further information on accessibility functions including:

    • Changing the text size

    • Navigating using the keyboard

    • Using the Tab Key function

    • Changing text, background, and link colours

    • Accessing the SiteMap

    • Navigating using Non-Visual Display

    Visit the ProQuest Support Page 


    EBSCOhost Database

    EBSCOhost provides several accessibility features to allow users to navigate the website:

    • 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 Keys for EBSCO Discovery Service/EBSCOhost include:

    • Access Key + 0 – Jump to the Help link
    • Access Key + 2 – Jump to the Search box


    Caroline Briggs, Assistive Technology Officer at the University 

    Tel: 01524 590800 ext 2762

  • EBSCOhost Accessibility Information

    EBSCO Accessibility Information

    EBSCO eBooks strives to make our content accessible to all users. EBSCO is currently targeting WGAC (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 level AA

    We test our interface and content with the following screen reader/browser combinations:

    • JAWS + Internet Explorer 11
    • NVDA + Firefox

    Other accessibility functions such as keyboard operability, colour contrast, etc. are tested in all browsers.

    Most full book downloads require Adobe Digital Editions reader. For more information on using Adobe Digital Editions with a screen reader, see this helpful Adobe Digital Editions guide from DAISY.

    Recommended screen reader and browser combinations for EBSCO eBooks

    The recommended screen reader and browser combinations are as follows:

    • Desktop: Internet Explorer 11 + JAWS
    • Desktop: Firefox (latest) + NVDA
    • Desktop: Safari (latest) + VoiceOver
    • Mobile Apple devices: Safari + VoiceOver
    • Mobile Android devices: Chrome + TalkBack

    See screen reader navigation guide for more information about using EBSCO eBooks with a screen reader

    Information for Low Vision Users

    • EBSCO interfaces have a responsive design that allows users with vision impairments to zoom in up to 200% without loss of functionality

    • EBSCO’s company-wide design standards include requirements for minimum colour contrast

    • EBSCO’s eBook viewer has been tested with colour inversion tools

    • The online book viewer for EBSCO eBooks allows users to Zoom content in further than 200%. EPUB content is “reflowable” (meaning it adjusts to the screen size/zoom level) and works particularly well for users with vision impairments

    • EBSCO’s eBook viewer has been tested with screen magnifiers such as ZoomText and MAGic

    Information for Color Vision-Impaired Users

    • EBSCO’s company-wide design standards include requirements for minimum colour contrast, including for colour vision impairments

    • EBSCO eBooks’ software development process uses tools to validate colour contrast


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