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Database Accessibility


Some of JSTOR's built-in accessibility features:

  • Text resizing
  • Color contrast
  • Keyboard-only navigation
  • Screen reader capabilities and text to speech
  • Alt text

For complete information, visit JSTOR's accessibility policy page.

Using Screen Readers with JSTOR

When you use a screen reader with JSTOR, search results appear in the following order:

  1. Check Box
  2. Reference Number
  3. Article Title (which is a link)
  4. Author
  5. Reference Details
  6. Article Information
  7. Page of First Match
  8. PDF 

To access the full text of articles, choose one of the following methods:

  • Choose PDF from the results list
  • Click on the article title and then choose PDF. 

Note: If a PDF is not sufficiently tagged, JSTOR can manually tag PDFs. For more information see the JSTOR accessibility pages.


Kanopy uses their New Gen Player to improve the accessibility of their videos. It includes the following features:

  • Works with screen readers on both desktop browsers and handheld devices.
  • Allows for keyboard-only navigation
  • Provides captions and interactive transcripts

For complete information, see their Accessibility Statement.


Use the Read Aloud Chrome extension to convert webpage text to audio (text to speech). Visit their Products and Features page to learn more about their accessibility features and products.

Wiley Online Library

Some of Wiley Online Library's accessibility features:

  • Text to speech functionalities
  • Alt text on images and illustrations

For complete information, visit their Accessibility page.

Using Screen Readers with Wiley Online Library

Wiley customer support recommends using JAWS or NVDA on a PC or VoiceOver on a Mac.

Before using a screen reader with Wiley Online Library, do the following:

  1. In Adobe Reader 8, open the Document menu and select Accessibility Setup Assistant.
  2. Click on Next until the fifth screen and ensure that the last option "Display PDF documents in the web browser" is not checked. 

Searching Wiley Online Library

  1. Access the basic search box on the home page by listing the Form Fields on the page and then "Enter words or phrases edit."
  2. A link to Advanced Search enables you to narrow a search by product type (journal or book). You can also browse by subject or product type. 
  3. Search results are displayed in the following format: article title, journal title, reference details, author name, followed by links to Abstract, References and PDF (full text). The article title is not provided as a link and not all articles are available in full text. 

Note: Full text is not provided on Wiley if you are taken to a page with the heading Access article, Options for accessing this content. If you have conducted a search, you can read the article or chapter titles by listing the Form Fields on the page. If you browse you will not have this option and will need to read the page linearly.

To open a PDF:

  1. Right-click on a PDF link and select Save Target As.
  2. It will be saved as HTML, but open in Adobe Reader.