Testing

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History

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) began funding high-level third-party accessibility evaluations for select vendor e-resources in 2017. In 2019, the Association of Research Libraries (ASERL) joined in these and other library accessibility efforts, becoming the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA).

The LAA selects e-resources based upon recommendations from our member libraries and the platforms that the majority of the consortia own or are considering for purchase.

Method

The LAA contracts with third-party, independent accessibility consulting companies to perform high-level accessibility evaluations based on WCAG 2.1 AA. These tests are not full, comprehensive evaluations. The consulting companies are given a designated number of hours for the evaluations and are intended to identify some, but not all, accessibility issues and barriers. The tests are performed using screen reader software such as JAWS or NVDA.

Deque and Michigan State University's Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) have conducted the evaluations.

The LAA typically selects two vendors a month to test and submits scoping documents (example scoping document) to our consultant companies. The scoping document outlines typical library e-resource tasks a user might perform such as basic and advanced searching, viewing search results, applying filters and refining results, and viewing individual items.

Results

The program provides vendors with a report and the opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products, while giving members of the library community information about the accessibility of specific library e-resources.

All evaluations funded by the LAA are provided to e-resource vendors free of charge. Vendors are invited to submit a response and attend a consultation call with our consultant companies, also at no charge. All e-resource accessibility evaluations and vendor responses are publicly available below.

Evaluations

74 E-Resource Reports

The following table contains all evaluations completed to date. To access the evaluation summary and full report for any e-resource, select the e-resource name link. The table can be sorted by e-resource, by vendor, or by date. To re-sort the table, select the column heading you wish to sort by.

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Accessibility evaluations organized by date and vendor name.
E-Resource Report Vendor Date of Evaluation Sort descending Vendor Response
Dissertations & Theses Global ProQuest 02/16/2017 Dissertations & Theses Global Response (pdf)
Ebook Platform Ebsco 04/21/2017 Ebsco Response Previous (pdf)
ScienceDirect Platform Elsevier 04/21/2017 Elsevier Response (pdf)
SAGE e-Journals SAGE 07/12/2017 N/A
ECCO Gale 09/11/2017 Gale Response
Alexander Street Press Alexander Press 10/15/2017 N/A
JSTOR JSTOR 10/26/2017 N/A
Cambridge Core Cambridge University Press 11/01/2017 Cambridge Core Update 2019 (pdf)
Taylor & Francis e-Journal Taylor & Francis 11/07/2017 Taylor & Francis Response (pdf)
eBook Central ProQuest 11/27/2017 ProQuest Response (pdf)
SpringerNature Springer Nature 01/04/2018 N/A
OVID LWW Wolters Kluwer N.V. 02/12/2018 N/A
Empire Online Adam Matthew 03/26/2018 Adam Matthew Response (pdf)
Adam Matthew - Empire Online Adam Matthew 03/26/2018 Adam Matthew Response (pdf)
Engineering Village Elsevier 04/16/2018 Elsevier Response (pdf)
Lexis Nexis Uni LexisNexis 05/03/2018 N/A
IOP eBooks IOP Publishing 05/21/2018 N/A
Oxford Journals Oxford University Press 05/30/2018 N/A
ArtStor ArtStor 06/29/2018 N/A
SpringerLink Springer Nature 07/09/2018 N/A
Films on Demand Infobase 07/11/2018 N/A
Taylor & Francis e-Books Taylor & Francis 08/28/2018 Taylor & Francis e-Books Response (pdf)
Brill e-Books Brill 10/05/2018 N/A
Americas Historical Newspapers Readex 11/16/2018 N/A
MathSciNet American Mathematical Society 11/26/2018 N/A
Techstreet Clarivate Analytics 12/10/2018 N/A
Mergent Online FTSE Russell 01/15/2019 N/A
Morgan and Claypool Synthesis Morgan and Claypool Publishers 02/04/2019 N/A
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Journals American Society for Micorbiology 02/20/2019 N/A
SciFinder CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) 05/03/2019 N/A
Directory of Open Access Journals Directory of Open Access Journals 05/13/2019 DOAJ Response (pdf)
Rittenhouse R2 Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. 05/29/2019 Rittenhouse Response (pdf)
Ambrose Video Ambrose Video 06/24/2019 N/A
AccessMedicine McGraw-Hill 07/16/2019 N/A
Fulcrum University of Michigan 08/16/2019 U of M Updated Response 12/2019 (pdf)
East View Platform East View Information Services, Inc. 09/04/2019 N/A
Accessible Archives Accessible Archives, Inc. 09/04/2019 N/A
Disability in the Modern World Alexander Press 10/15/2019 N/A
Knowledge Unlatched Knowledge Unlatched 10/23/2019 N/A
SAGE Research Methods SAGE 11/08/2019 N/A
Independent Voices Reveal Digital 12/02/2019 Reveal Digital Response (pdf)
IBISWorld IBISWorld 12/10/2019 N/A
FirstSearch OCLC 01/03/2020 N/A
BioOne Complete BioOne 01/29/2020 BioOne Response (pdf)
DocuSeek2 ProQuest 02/20/2020 N/A
ACS Publications ACS (American Chemical Society) 03/03/2020 N/A
Swank Motion Pictures Swank Motion Pictures 03/27/2020 N/A
Gale Primary Sources Gale 04/14/2020 Gale Response (pdf)
Academic Search Ebsco 04/23/2020 Ebsco Response (pdf)
SciFinder N CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) 05/21/2020 N/A
LinkedIn Learning Platform LinkedIn Learning 05/21/2020 N/A
Project MUSE Project MUSE 06/10/2020 Project MUSE Response (pdf)
HathiTrust HathiTrust 06/17/2020 N/A
IGI Global IGI Global 07/27/2020 N/A
PLOS One PLOS (Public Library of Science) 08/14/2020 N/A
NetAdvantage Standard & Poor's Global Market Intelligence 08/17/2020 N/A
World Scientific World Scientific 10/02/2020 N/A
Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment (CADRE) Project CADRE 10/09/2020 CADRE Response (pdf)
WorldCat OCLC 10/28/2020 OCLC Response (pdf)
Scopus Elsevier 11/16/2020 N/A
InternetArchive Internet Archive 12/10/2020 N/A
GoogleScholar Google 12/18/2020 N/A
Wiley Online Library John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 01/12/2021 N/A
Kanopy Kanopy 02/04/2021 N/A
PsycINFO on Ovid Platform Ovid 03/08/2021 N/A
De Gruyter Walter de Gruyter GmbH 03/09/2021 N/A
PubMed National Library of Medicine 04/30/2021 N/A
HeinOnline William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 05/06/2021 N/A
Web of Science Platform Clarivate Analytics 05/31/2021 Clarivate Analytics Response to Previous Evaluation (pdf)
National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce 07/11/2021 N/A
SPIE Digital Library Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) 07/17/2021 N/A
PsycNet APA 08/10/2021 N/A
Naxos Music Library Naxos Digital Services 08/13/2021 N/A
Factiva Dow Jones/ProQuest 09/21/2021 N/A