[nabs-l] Database accessibility

Katie Wang bunnykatie6 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 20:51:26 UTC 2016


Hi Karl,

Unfortunately I have not found an effective solution for preserving
page numbers when converting image-based pdfs. Luckily for me, APA
Style only requires authors to include page numbers with their in-text
citations when they are using exact quotes, so I don't encounter this
issue a lot, but in those rare instances when I do need such
information I  still find sighted assistance necessary. Sorry I can't
be of more help!

Katie

On 7/22/16, Karl Martin Adam via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi Katie, do you know of a way to get robobraille to preserve
> pagination when it converts an image PDF?  When I have used it it
> always strips out the page numbers, which of course means I can't
> properly cite the article in research.
>
> Thanks,
> Karl
>
>  ----- Original Message -----
> From: Katie Wang via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
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> Date sent: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:18:08 -0400
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Database accessibility
>
> Hi Kaiti,
>
> Accessibility varies a lot across databases. As a psychologist, I
> primarily use PsycInfo and have found it very accessible. I don't
> know
> much about the specific field of music therapy, but I imagine
> that a
> lot of  the research you cite might be indexed in PsycInfo, so I
> would
> encourage you to give the database a try if you haven't already.
> I
> also really love Google Scholar. As Greg pointed out, if you use
> Google Scholar while you are on your university's wireless
> network (or
> while you are logged in through VPN from off-campus), you will be
> provided with links to specific journal articles that fit your
> search
> criteria. Regardless of which database you use, it is inevitable
> that
> some of the journal articles located would be image-based pdfs or
> pdfs
> that do not interface well with JAWS, so I do a lot of conversion
> either via OpenBook or by emailing  to RoboBraille. Hope this
> helps!
>
> Katie
>
> On 7/22/16, Greg Aikens via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>  It has been a few years since I used this, but google scholar
> has an
>  option where you can put in your school and it will
> automatically
>  include a link in your search results if the resource is
> available
>  through your school's library. I don't know if this will allow
> you to
>  get past your inaccessible school library interface or not but I
> found
>  it very helpful since the Google interface is far easier to
> navigate
>  than many online databases.
>
>  Best,
>  Greg
>
>
>  On 7/22/16, Justin Williams via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> wrote:
>  I've used that though as an accommodation.  There is a point
> where if I
>  can't find accessible information, then either I use that as an
>  accommodation so I can have enough resources.  If I can't access
> the
>  databases and professional journals, then I can't access them.
> I've got
>  to
>  get as many of the professional resources as I can, then just
> fill in the
>  gaps and flesh it out with other resources.   I prefer to use
> the
>  professional journals whenever possible.
>
>  Justin
>
>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
> Kaiti
>  Shelton
>  via NABS-L
>  Sent: Friday, July 22, 2016 2:05 AM
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>  Cc: Kaiti Shelton <crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com
>  Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Database accessibility
>
>  Hi Justin,
>
>  Forgot to mention I already do that as well.  I have had pretty
> good luck
>  finding things that way, but it's a bit trickier in a research
> methods
>  class
>  where the prof wants to see we're using databases.
>  Nevertheless, I do actually really like using books in research.
> We do
>  have
>  a find command in most technologies that helps, and I definitely
> am a
>  Bookshare junkie in particular.
>
>  On 7/21/16, Justin Williams via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> wrote:
>  Books from the bard website, learning ally, and some articles
> from
>  reputable online sites could help.
>   I know books take a while to read sometimes, but they can help
> with
>  backing up evidence.
>
>  Justin ,
>
>  -----Original Message-----
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> Kaiti
>  Shelton via NABS-L
>  Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:38 PM
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>  Cc: Kaiti Shelton <crazy4clarinet104 at gmail.com
>  Subject: [nabs-l] Database accessibility
>
>  Hi all,
>
>  The recent discussion on academic challenges has got me
> thinking.
>  Especially for those of you who are in fields where reesearch is
> an
>  important part of what you are/will be doing following college,
> how do
>  you navigate around inaccessible databases online?  I have a
> working
>  system in place with disability services to tide me over through
> the
>  remainder of my undergraduate career including my required
> internship
>  after graduation, but thinking long-term I'm concerned about
> this
>  issue being problematic if I ever decide to do research on my
> own, or
>  am invited by colleagues to participate in a study.  I obviously
> would
>  want to do my fair share of lit reviews if that were the case,
> so I'd
>  love to hear if anyone has tips or tricks that go beyond using
>  resources from the disability services office at your
> university.
>
>  I should add that I am still trying to figure out an accessible
> way to
>  access my professional organization's journals online, which is
> a huge
>  part of this problem I think.  The database I find the most
> helpful is
>  from Temple University but it links directly to these journal
> articles
>  in many cases, which is the major hang-up there.  On a more
> short-term
>  note, one of the things my professors want me to do is to expand
> the
>  sources I use for research papers since I tend to rely on the
>  tried-and true databases and resources that I have the least
> amount of
>  hassle in reading.  I completely understand where they're coming
> from
>  and why having information from a variety of sources would lend
>  credence to evidence.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>
>  Thanks,
>
>  --
>  Kaiti Shelton
>
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