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Database Accessibility

A guide to library databases regarding accessibility

Entry Page Controls

An example of an entry page, with tools highlighted, is found below. To access entry controls using keyboard navigation, you can tab through the header navigation from the top of the page or shift-tab backwards from the entry text to find the entry control options.

Credo reference entry page tools

An explanation of each tool can be found below:

  • Go Back to Results - returns to the search results page
  • Save - Saves the entry to your Saved Results folder for the length of your session 
  • Citation - generates a citation for the entry
  • Print - Download PDF for printing and export options
  • Share - Options for sharing entry with yourself and others
  • Read Aloud - Will read the content of the entry with the built-in Readspeaker
    • All Credo entries have a built-in ReadSpeaker that will read the entry to the user. If your browser supports access keys, you can use ACCESS KEY + L to skip to the ReadSpeaker button.

Firefox: ALT+SHIFT+L

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera: ALT + L

You can also have your screenreader read the text to you. Select the Skip to Main Content link, which is the first link on the page, to skip directly to the entry text.

  • Translate - Translates the entry content into one of over 60 supported languages.

Keyboard Navigation

Use these keys to navigate Credo Reference:

Tab - move forward through each link or form element
Shift-Tab - move backwards through the links
Spacebar - toggles the check when focus is on a checkbox
Up and down arrows - change selection when focus is on a selection list
Left and right arrows - move back and forth between radio buttons in a radio button group

Navigating the Site

The first link on any page is Skip to Main Content. This skips navigation elements in the header and takes you to the page’s main content.

  • Home Page - skips to the main heading on the page, “Background Information to Start Your Research.” Hit tab once to get to the search bar from here.
  • Search Results - skips to the top of the search results list
  • Entry Page - skips to the entry text

The second link on any page is Skip to Search Bar. This skips navigation elements in the header and takes you directly to the search bar.


To find the search bar, start at the top of the page. The first link is Skip to Main Content. Hit tab once and the next link is Skip to Search Bar. Use this link to skip to the search bar.

  • The screen reader will read: “Search Credo.”
  • To search, type your search phrase and hit enter.

Browsing Search Results

Use the first link on the page, Skip to Main Content, to skip to the search results. This will skip to the first entry in the search results.

All search results use an h4 header. The title of the entry is read first. Hit the enter button to open the entry, or hit tab to continue browsing the search results.

After the title of each entry h4, there is a Quick View Button and a Save Button.

  • Quick View will open a brief blurb from the entry.
  • Save will add the article to your saved results folder for the length of your session

After the Save button of some entries is a thumbnail image. Tab past this to get to the next search result.

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