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Most of the library content that Lesley provides comes from a variety of databases from different vendors. Databases may include journal content, newspapers, dissertations, primary source material, and other forms of serials. Accessibility statements here reflect the standards for the website or platform for each publisher, not necessarily individual pieces of content, such as back issues of journal articles. These are the major publishers that users will encounter searching through library content; for questions about other databases, email Alexis Dhembe, Electronic Resources Access Librarian.

  • Artstor is an art and multimedia database. Artstor is WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 compliant, and includes alt text for the images in the Artstor collections. 

  • Credo Reference products are compliant with Section 508, and Credo provides additional tips for using their products with a screen reader.

  • EBSCO is a major provider for database content, in addition to maintaining our discovery layer and providing eBook content. Their general accessibility guide is also applicable to navigating EBSCO databases.

  • JSTOR primarily provides journal content, and in addition to tracking to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, their accessibility policies state that they provide PDF tagging and will return requests for alternative formats within three days.

  • Gale provides a wide variety of content, including historical materials. Most of Gale's online products comply with Section 508 and the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, and are working to maximize accessibility with a dedicated User Experience team. 

  • ProQuest is another major database provider. Their website tracks to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, and they provide an Accessibility Directory for individual ProQuest products.

  • is a specialized database for teaching materials, children's books, reviews, and more. is Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliant. 

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