Section 508

Library Assistance Databases


ABC-Clio is a database focused on articles in World History, American Government, and Latino American Experience.  The website is here:\

The database supports screen readers.


CountryWatch is an information provider individuals needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.  The website is here:

CountryWatch supports screen readers.


JSTOR is the perfect database to use to search for academic journal articles in the humanities.  The website is here:

The Username and Password are the same as the WebAdvisor ID  and Password.

JSTOR adheres to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.   It is easy to navigate, and its PDF files can be read with screen readers like JAWS.


NewsBank contains local, regional and national U.S. newspapers. The website is located here:

NewsBank’s products are compliant with ADA/Section 508 and Level A of the Web Content Accessibility guidelines. Additional accessibility enhancements (e.g. from Levels AA and AAA) are also available.


Nursing Resource Center contains reference books and articles in nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, consumer health and allied health disciplines.  The website is located here:

Supports JAWS readers—use Internet Explorer for best results.  Has small, medium, and large font options—noted in the triple A option on the right side of the page.


Opposing Viewpoints is an online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration.  “Opposing Viewpoints helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.”  The website is located here:

Read Speaker text-to-speech technology, available on every page, is an ideal option for struggling readers and the visually impaired.


ProQuest is a rich, online database accessible to Yuba College students.  It contains multidisciplinary magazines, journals, and a few newspapers most available in full-text.  The website is located here:

Proquest provides a text-only interface, making it simple for visually impaired users to access it with assistive devices, such as screen readers.  The text-only interface is only available in English at this time.  You can access the text-only interface by clicking on the “Text-only interface” link that appears at the bottom of the regular graphical-interface ProQuest screen.  You can then click on the “Accessibility help” link at the bottom of the screen, for tips on how to make various screen readers and other assistive devices work with ProQuest.  Some documents are in page-image format (PDF) only—they may not be readable by an assistive device.

 Screen Readers

* Set the screen reader to read punctuation when reading “Help” because Help contains punctuation specific examples which will improve your searching.
* If the screen reader locks up and also might say “Downloading a page”, with WindowEyes, press the escape key to continue.
* If JAWS locks up, go back a page and then forward again to “unfreeze” it.


Encyclopedia Britannica is an online database accessible to Yuba College students.  Encyclopedia Britannica, the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, World Atlas, country comparisons, and more, are available on the database. The website is located here:

It supports screen readers, and is compliant with Section 508 requirements.


The entry page to all online databases accessible to Yuba College students—on campus—is here:

Off-campus access to the online databases can be gained through the MyCampus Portal, which is located here: 

Yuba College Library

 There is a magnifying reader located on the first floor of the library, on the north-eastern wall, for students wishing to enlarge physical texts.  The text is placed on a moveable tray and is projected onto the screen.  Magnification can be altered to fit the needs of the student.

There is an elevator located on the northern wall of the library.

Additionally, there are two computers—Stations 1 and 2—for use in the Media Center.  Please ask at the Media Center desk for any necessary assistance. 

Station 1 computer contains


  • Kurzweil 3000—Text to Speech
  • Dragon Naturally Occurring—Speech to Text
  • Zoom Text—Magnification


  • Manual magnifier—place physical book on tray to increase size of text
  • Headphones and Microphone—for Kurzweil 3000 and Dragon Naturally Speaking  software

Station 2 computer contains


  • Kurzweil3000—Text to Speech
  • Zoom Text—Magnification


  • Scanner—scans automatically into Kurzweil3000 software
  • Headphones—for Kurzweil3000 software

At both stations the keyboard buttons are bright yellow, and the text on the keys is in a large font, to make the keyboard more helpful for those who have difficulty seeing.


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