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Workshop: Scientific literature searches

Presented by Tim in't Veld

Every university study program requires students to perform literature searches. Nowadays many scientific articles and ebooks are available on the public internet and universities offer their students access to an even larger body of digital scientific literature. Unfortunately, the websites where you can find this material are often hard to access for screen reader users. Once you find a scientific article or ebook, it is often hard to read. Some documents are completely unreadable due to copy protection side effects.

I will give a short introduction to scientific literature searches in general, and show some accessible places to find documents such as Google Scholar and Bookshare. Then I will talk about various methods to access PDF or other documents and introduce Robobraille, a great website which can convert many documents to an accessible format in minutes. Finally I will cover methods to gain access to copy protected PDF and Epub files.