Listen to PDF Database Articles

You may have to do a little bit more work to listen to a database article in PDF format, but it’s relatively easy, and a good skill to master as nearly all full-text articles in databases (EBSCOHost and ProQuest) come as PDFs.

In the example below we’ve already:

  • downloaded the PDF to the desktop from a database
  • opened it up in Adobe Acrobat Pro which is standard on all desktops at Bank Street
  • activated Read Out Loud by going to:
    • View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud (keystroke Shift + Ctrl + Y).

Sceenshot of Adobe Acrobat Pro Settings window

If you need to adjust Read Out Loud – here’s how to do it (see the image above)

  1. Go to Edit
  2. Select Preferences
  3. Select Reading. Here you have options to adjust volume, pitch and words per minute (speed).
  4. Once you are done don’t forget to press OK.

Now, go back to View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud (keystroke Shift + Ctrl + Y) and enjoy listening to your PDF. A better option maybe to memorize these keystrokes:

  • Activate and deactivate Read Out Loud: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + Y
  • Read to this page only: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + V
  • Read to the end of the document: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + B
  • Pause: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + C
  • Stop: keystroke Shift + Ctrl + E

Save

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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