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Q. How do I find an article using Library Search with a screen reader?

The URL wmich.edu/library will take you directly to the library’s homepage. To search for information through the WMU library’s webpage use Library Search. Library Search has a big advantage in that it allows the user to search across many different academic disciplines at once. 

To perform a library search using a screen reader:

  1. Open a web browser window.
  2. Type the URL wmich.edu/library.
  3. Press Enter. You are now on the University Libraries homepage. On this page is the Library Search bar. You can use this bar as your entry point into Library Search. From Library Search you can search for “Everything,” “Books and Media,” and “Articles.” The Everything search is the default and will show both articles and ebooks. The Books and Media search will show books, including ebooks. The Articles search will show articles. While you can use the Everything search, it is recommended to use the Books and Media search for ebooks and the Articles search for articles, as you will get more targeted lists of results each time. 
  4. Press E twice to find the Library Search Field. Let’s search for an article. For example, let’s assume that you are studying online learning. While this search would involve searching multiple terms, we will use the term “online learning.”  
  5. Type online learning.  
  6. Press A to navigate to the Articles radio button.
  7. Press Enter to select the Articles radio button.
  8. Press B to find the Submit form button for your search
  9. Press Enter. Once you search for something here, you will be taken to your search results page.
  10. Select Insert + F7 to open the Links list on the Search Results page
  11. Listen for e-learning, online learning, and distance learning environments: Are they the same? 
  12. Press Enter. This opens a new page for that selection.
  13. Select Insert + F7 to open the Links list on the Search Results page.
  14. Select Download PDF.  
  15. Press Enter to download PDF. The PDF opens on your computer.
  16. Review the file on your computer or Use ctrl + S to save it to your computer.

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  • Last Updated Jun 13, 2023
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