Archive for category: Digital Resources

Citation Tool

Is there an easy way for me to cite resources? Through a partnership with EasyBib, MackinVIA provides properly formatted bibliographic citations for resources. Using the Cite! tool, you can choose to view and copy from four citation formats: MLA8, MLA7, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. If you have an…

Check Out Digital Resources

Do I have to check out resources to read them? Many digital resources do not need to be checked out, meaning everyone can read them at the same time—at school, home, or anywhere you have access to the Internet. Other resources can only be read by a certain number of students at one time. To…


What are Categories? Categories provide a quick and easy way for you to find digital resources. This feature will need to be enabled by your librarian or VIA Administrator. If your school has decided to take advantage of this feature, click the Categories link on the left side of the screen….

Cancel Requests

What if I don’t need a resource anymore after I request it? You can remove yourself from the waiting list by clicking the Backpack™ icon and then Requests. Then choose the Cancel Request button next to the digital resource you want to cancel.

Backpack Accounts

What is a Backpack™? Backpack™ accounts help you store and manage your digital resources. With a Backpack, you can save your favorite resources in one place, check out, request, and store notes about Mackin-hosted resources. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to create a Backpack account to begin…