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.

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