Disability Services: Accessibility Information for Library Resources

Accessibility Information for Major Library Suppliers


The Libraries subscribe to many databases provided by ProQuest. View the current list of ProQuest databases.

ProQuest states that they try to ensure that all of their databases meet the Americans with Disabilities Act and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and maintains an Accessibility Statement.

ProQuest provides a help page regarding how to adjust viewing options within ProQuest databases. They provide instructions on changing font size, text, colors, and backgrounds.


JSTOR will make every effort to ensure that their image-based PDF files are accessible and can be read with screen readers like JAWS. These files are tagged at a high level using an automated process. In the event that the PDF tagging described above is not sufficient for use, they can perform manual tagging on a limited number of articles for users by contacting JSTOR Support and including the citations for the articles that need to be tagged. There is a limit of 3 articles per request and turn around time is 3 days per request. Additional information on JSTOR's accessibility policies can be found on their website.

Web of Science

Web of Science is working to resolve defects that currently make the site difficult to access with a browser designed for visually impaired user (JAWS) as well as other best practices and our development teams are working towards resolving these issues for within a future product release. The Web of Science Product Accessibility Performance Report and a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on their website. 

Oxford E-book Collections

(Scroll down to Oxford to see the several e-book collections the Libraries subscribe to through Oxford.)

Oxford Scholarship Online has WCAG, AA compliance and work with most popular screen-reading software. Oxford is happy to answer any questions on this subject as well as receive comments on areas that could be improved. You can view e-books chapter-by-chapter in HTML or in (downloaded) PDF.  Oxford Scholarship Online accessibility policies can be viewed on their website. 

For help with these resources or any other library resources, please contact USC Libraries