Text-to-Speech functionality benefits users in multiple ways, particularly those who are blind or with low vision. And, let’s face it – it’s just fun! Who wouldn’t like listening to an Australian accent reading the article aloud?
“Database aggregator EBSCO Publishing…has built in a text-to-speech option for all of its EBSCOhost databases. A toolbar, created by software company Texthelp Systems, allows full-text articles available in HTML on EBSCOhost databases to be read aloud to users at variable speeds.” (Library Journal, Sept 1, 2010)
The ‘Listen’ Text-to-Speech button is set up with standard defaults, but these can be modified by individual users:
EBSCO’s Support Site – To use Text-To-Speech:
- Locate an EBSCOhost article in HTML format which you would like read to you.
- From the Accent drop-down menu, select an accent in which you would like the article to be read.
- Click the Settings icon to set your Reading Speed and Highlighting Options.
- Click the Listen button to hear the article read outloud.
Click the Download button to download an MP3 file of the article being read to your computer.
Use Text-To-Speech to Hear a Section of an Article
- You may also choose to have only a section of an article read to you.
- Highlight the passage of text you would like to be read outloud. A new mini-toolbar appears. Click the Listen button on the mini-toolbar.
Downloading Text-to-Speech MP3s
You may also download audio files of HTML articles being read aloud to your computer in MP3 format.
To download Text-to-Speech MP3 files:
- On the Text-to-Speech toolbar, click the Download button.
- Select to Open or Save the file to your computer.
- If saving the file, browse to a location in the Save As dialog box and click Save.
The MP3 file is saved to your computer.
Minimum requirements for using Text-To-Speech on EBSCOhost – must have Adobe Flash Player 10 installed.