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Using Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials

Accessibility Settings

Text-to-Speech

Articles that are available in Atla as HTML Full Text can be read aloud using the text-to-speech feature. Articles in the results list will feature this icon/link if HTML is an option: HTML Full Text icon

To use Text-To-Speech:

1. Locate an article in HTML format which you would like read to you.

2. From the "Accent" drop-down menu, select an accent in which you would like the article to be read.

Text-to-Speech - Choose an Accent

3. Click the gear "Settings" icon Settings Icon to set your Reading Speed and Highlighting Options. Adjustable settings include speed of reading, text highlighting and color options, enhanced text visibility, and automatic scrolling.

4. Click the "Listen" button to hear the article read outloud.

   -OR-

   Click the down arrow "Download" button Download MP3 button to download an MP3 file of the article being read to your computer.


To have just a selection of an article read, highlight the desired passage of text. A new mini-toolbar appears. Click the "Listen" button on the mini-toolbar to hear the passage read.

Text-to-Speech - highlighting text


To download Text-to-Speech MP3 files, select the down arrow "Download" button to open or save the file to your computer.

Text-to-Speech - Downloading an MP3


Screen Reader's User Guide

Full-text articles in Atla are generally available as PDF documents. "Accessing PDF Documents with Assistive Technology: A Screen Reader's User Guide" offers instructions and advice for using these documents from Adobe Accessibility.


Accessibility Navigation Guide

View the EBSCOhost Accessibility Navigation Guide to access:

  • Tips for navigating in EBSCOhost (the host platform for Atla Religion Database)
  • Tips for Basic Search
  • Tips for Advanced Search
  • Tips for using screen readers with PDF or EPUB documents
  • Links to specific screen reader documentation

Interlibrary Loan

In the event you locate an article in Atla needed for your research that is not available immediately in full-text, contact the Wiggin Library to request a copy through interlibrary loan. Submit an ILL request form with the full citation details (title, author, publication, date, volume, issue number, page numbers). 

Meadville Lombard Wiggin Library
180 N. Wabash Ave.
Suite 625 
Chicago, IL 60601


Library and Archives Phone: 312-546-6488        Library Email: library@meadville.edu        Archives Email: archives@meadville.edu