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Databases with Text-to-Speech Functionality: Home

Introduction

Some vendors’ database platforms have text-to-speech audio functionality built-in that allows a user to listen to a computer-generated reading of their 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 text-to-speech reading of PDF documents, Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat provide reading of PDF files that can be downloaded from databases (View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud). And some operating systems will even allow you to add different voices to the Settings (e.g. Windows 10). Unfortunately, downloadable versions of PDFs are not available in all of our databases, particularly e-book databases, to take advantage of this.

For Seneca Libraries database content that does not have a built-in text reader, Read&Write Gold and other accessibility software is also available through Seneca’s ITS department, with further assistance in the use of that software available through Accessibility Services.

For information about the Seneca Libraries databases listed below, please e-mail librarytechhelp@senecacollege.ca or telephone (416) 491-5050, extension 77061.

WITH Text Reading Functionality Built-In (last updated 25 August 2020)

ABC-CLIO:

  • Pop Culture Universe

 

EBSCO:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • Applied Science and Technology Source
  • Business Source Premier
  • Canadian Literary Centre
  • Canadian Points of View
  • Canadian Reference Centre
  • CINAHL with Full Text
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • EBSCO E-Book and Audiobook Collection (the text of audiobooks is not available, and the entire e-book Collection is PDF only so there is no text reading of it at all)
  • Education Research Complete
  • ERIC
  • Funk and Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia
  • GreenFile
  • Health Source: Consumer
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic (…though content mostly PDF, not HTML, so little audio playback)
  • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text
  • LISTA (index database: while there is text reading of linked HTML Full Text, audio reading of citations -- which constitute the majority of this database -- is not available)
  • Literary Reference Center
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition
  • MasterFILE Elite
  • MEDLINE (…though content mostly PDF, not HTML, so little audio playback)
  • Military and Government Collection
  • NoveList (index database; audio reading of book descriptions not available)
  • Primary Search
  • Regional Business News
  • SocINDEX with Full Text
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
  • Teacher Reference Center
  • Vocational Studies Complete
  • the ability to "Download MP3" files of some content is also available

 

Gale/Cengage:

  • Academic OneFile
  • Academic OneFile Select
  • Agriculture Collection
  • Business Collection
  • Business Economics and Theory Collection
  • CPI.Q
  • Canada in Context
  • Communications and Mass Media Collection
  • Computer Database
  • Criminal Justice Collection
  • Culinary Arts Collection
  • Diversity Studies Collection
  • Educator's Reference Complete
  • Entrepreneurship Collection
  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
  • Environmental Studies in Context
  • Fine Arts Collection
  • Gale Ebooks
  • Gale Literature
  • Gale OneFile News
  • Gardening and Horticulture Collection
  • Gender Studies Collection
  • General OneFile
  • General Science Collection
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • Home Improvement Collection
  • Hospitality and Tourism Collection
  • Information Science Collection
  • Insurance and Liability Collection
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Military and Intelligence Database
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection
  • Pop Culture Studies Collection
  • Psychology Collection
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Science in Context
  • Short Story Criticism (NOTE: Change the 'View' from 'Document Image' to 'Plain Text (OCR)' for text reading functionality)
  • Vocations and Careers Collection
  • War and Terrorism Collection
  • World History Collection
  • the ability to "Download MP3" files of some content is also available

WITHOUT Text Reading Functionality Built-In (last updated 25 August 2020)

EBSCO:

  • EBSCO E-Book and Audiobook Collection (the text of audiobooks is not available, and the entire e-book Collection is PDF only so there is no text reading of it at all)
  • LISTA (index database: while there is text reading of linked HTML Full Text, audio reading of citations -- which constitute the majority of this database -- is not available)
  • NoveList (index database; audio reading of book descriptions not available)
  • PrepSTEP for Colleges - Canada
  • Serials Directory (index database; audio reading of serial descriptions not available)

 

Gale/Cengage:

  • Chilton Auto Repair
  • Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy

 

Knotia:

  • CARL Plus
  • CPA Canada Handbook

 

Library of Congress:

  • Cataloger’s Desktop
  • Classification Web

 

ProQuest:

None of the ProQuest databases have text reading functionality built into their platform, even with HTML content. However, they do have the ability to save most HTML documents to TXT format, which can then be used in reader software such as Read&Write Gold:

  • ABI/INFORM Global
  • Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database
  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database
  • Canadian Major Dailies
  • CultureGrams
  • Ebook Central
  • Nursing and Allied Health Database
  • PsycARTICLES

 

Thomson Reuters (includes Canada Law Book and Carswell/Westlaw):

None of their databases have text reading functionality, even with HTML content:

  • LawSource
  • O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms

 

Other e-resources without text reading functionality:

  • ACM Digital Library
  • AdForum
  • AtoZ World Business
  • Books in Print: Global Edition
  • Britannica Online
  • British Pharmacopoeia Online
  • BuildingGreen
  • Canada's Information Resource Centre
  • Canadian Business Resource (CBR): Blue Book of Canadian Business
  • CARDonline Lite
  • Career Cruising (text reading is only available with some of the “Interviews” content for a given career description)
  • CCOHS Web Information Service
  • Conference Board of Canada E-Library
  • Contact Canada Life Science Search Engine
  • CRC ENGnetBASE
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
  • desLibris
  • DSM Library
  • Engineering Case Studies Online
  • Europa World
  • Frontier Life
  • Gartner
  • HighWire Press (a portal to a number of third-party sources, most of which have no audio)
  • HRInsider
  • IBISWorld: Canada
  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) (all content is PDF, therefore no audio)
  • JSTOR
  • Lawyer's Daily
  • Lexis Advance Quicklaw
  • MarketLine Advantage
  • MarketResearch.com Academic: Packaged Facts
  • Media Names and Numbers
  • Merck Index
  • Migra’s Canadian Export Guide
  • Mintel Reports
  • National Academies Press
  • Nexis Uni
  • NFPA Codes Online
  • NRC Research Press
  • OHSInsider
  • Ovid (all full-text is PDF, therefore no audio)
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Passport GMID
  • Peclers Online
  • QP Briefing
  • Safari Books Online
  • SAGE Business Cases
  • SAGE Journals
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scott’s Directories - National Business
  • Skillsoft Books
  • Statista
  • STP Online
  • Taylor & Francis Online
  • Techstreet Enterprise
  • Travel42
  • UpToDate
  • USP-NF
  • Vividata
  • WARC (World Advertising Research Center)
  • WGSN
  • Wiley Online Library Journals
  • WindowsWear
  • Women's Wear Daily (WWD) and Digital Daily

A note about free databases/e-resources:

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.