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Some vendors’ database platforms have audio functionality built-in that allows a user to listen to a computer-generated reading of text-based content such as magazine, newspaper, and journal articles or e-book text. Not all vendors offer this.
The following are lists of the databases at Seneca Libraries that do and do not offer this functionality. Note that when it is available in a database, it is only for the HTML version of full-text content, not PDF. Also note that initial search screens and results lists usually do not have text reading functionality.
For database and other electronic content that does not have a built-in text reader, Read&Write Gold and other accessibility software is available through the Seneca’s ITS department, with further assistance in the use of that software available through Accessibility Services. NOTE: Read&Write Gold can read some PDF documents, but the list below is a list of databases which offer their own built-in text reading functionality.
For information about the Seneca Libraries databases listed below, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (416) 491-5050, extension 77061.
Library of Congress
None of the ProQuest databases have text reading functionality, even with HTML content:
Thomson Reuters (includes Canada Law Book and Carswell/Westlaw):
None of their databases have text reading functionality, even with HTML content:
Other e-resources without text reading functionality:
Unlike the major aggregator vendors -- Gale, EBSCO, etc. -- that may or may not build such audio functionality right into their platforms, free e-resources and free e-journals tend to be from smaller publishers that often don't have the resources to add it to their platforms or interfaces. The only way to find out is to go into a given free e-resource's platform, do some searching, and see if audio playback is there. This was not done for this page.