Text-to-Speech feature for articles in EBSCO databases

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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:

  1. Locate an EBSCOhost article in HTML format which you would like read to you.
  2. From the Accent drop-down menu, select an accent in which you would like the article to be read.
  3. Click the Settings icon to set your Reading Speed and Highlighting Options.
  4. Click the Listen button to hear the article read outloud.

 –OR-

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:

  1. On the Text-to-Speech toolbar, click the Download button.
  2. Select to Open or Save the file to your computer.
  3. 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 EBSCOhostmust have Adobe Flash Player 10 installed.

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