There are a variety of ways that books are presented on the ProQuest platform, and each way has its own accessibility features built into the experience. The type of books you find on ProQuest will vary based on your institution’s subscription. 

Books displayed with the ProQuest ebook viewer 

Many books on the ProQuest Platform are presented within the ProQuest ebook viewer, the same viewer used in ProQuest Ebook Central. This viewer is recognizable by the various save and view options presented before the book, as well as the icons in the sidebar that will allow you to navigate to specific chapters or search the book for keywords. 

Screenshot of the Ebook Central ebook reader in ProQuest. Below the page header, there is a row of buttons that include save and view options. In a sidebar, there are tabs for book details, table of contents, annotations, and an option for searching within the book. The main content on the page is a book in PDF format.

The ProQuest Ebook Viewer has many accessibility features. While these are explained in detail in the Ebook Central Accessibility Statement, here are a few of the key points you might want to know: 

Enabling Accessibility Mode  

To enable Accessibility Mode on the ProQuest Platform: 

1. Go to the “Bookshelf” section in the “My Research” dropdown menu in the header. 

Screenshot of an open dropdown menu in the ProQuest header. The "My Research" icon is selected, which is an icon of a person. There is an arrow that points to the Bookshelf option in the dropdown list.  

2. From there, select the Account Settings link. 

Screenshot of the Bookshelf page on ProQuest. There an arrow pointing to an Account Settings link, which is located near the beginning of the page, after the header. 

3. Select “Enable Accessibility Mode” in the “Accessibility Mode” section of the page.  

4. Select the checkbox with the label “I agree to ProQuest’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service” and select the “Save Changes” button. 

Books presented as Scanned Images 

Most historical books, including manuscripts dating back to the Middle Ages, are presented as scanned images of the pages of the book.  You can tab through book pages and manipulate individual images of each page layout using the Keyboard Image Viewer Controls. These scanned books are identified by the “Image full text” tab on the document view pages. Examples of databases that contain these types of books are Early English Books Online (which also has 50% of its content in HTML full text format) and Early European Books. 

Screenshot of a document on ProQuest. Below the document title and publication information, there are four tabs. There is an arrow pointing to the Image full text tab.


Books presented as full text 

Some books on the platform are presented in full text format. For book records with this format (either entire books or chapter results), you will be able to use standard browser functionality to enlarge and reflow the text. Color and other properties of page elements can be manipulated by assistive technologies or browser plugins.  When this format is available, you will see the label “Full text” in a tab above the article text. We recommend it above other formats, since it is the most flexible and accessible. For users that want to have full text articles read to them, a text to speech option is available, if enabled by your institution. If you don’t see this option, you can use the inbuilt text to speech functionality in the Edge browser (Windows only) or explore browser plugins for Chrome and Firefox.  
When provided by the original publisher, section headings are preserved in full text books and book chapters, but you may find cases where they are missing or incomplete. To learn about how to add headings to full text documents, read our support article: Adding headings to full text articles