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How do I find resources in MackinVIA™?

There are four ways you can search for digital resources in MackinVIA™. Use the one that works best for you.

  1. Perform a keyword search
  2. View pre-selected Categories
  3. Filter the resources
  4. Browse the resources

MackinVIA main page highlighting the search bar, Categories, filters, and browse options

Once you find a resource you like, you can read a summary of it next to its cover image. Click the Open Now button to read the title or Checkout to read it later. You can also Add To Favorites or Request a checked-out resource.

A list of two eBooks, including their cover image, title, author, synopsis, ratings, and buttons. Buttons include Open Now, Add to Favorites, Checkout, and Request


1 Keyword Search

To perform a keyword search, type a word or a phrase in the search box. For example, “dinosaurs,” “United States” or “astronomy.” Then click Enter or the search button.

The Search Resources keyword search bar


2 Categories

If your school has decided to use the Categories feature, click the Categories link on the left sidebar.

The Categories button in the sidebar is located beneath the All Resources and Groups buttons

Your Categories page will look something like this (the actual Categories might be different). Click on a Category name to browse the items in that subject.

A list of Categories with corresponding images, such as a ship next to the Adventure category and owl next to the Animals category


3 Filter

You can choose to filter the resources by eBooks, DatabasesAudiobooks, Videos, or Links. If you do not select one of these, you’ll be able to search all of them at once.

The filter buttons in the sidebar include eBooks, Databases, Audiobooks, Videos, and Links

Additionally, you can select a filter from the Advanced Search menu.

The Advanced Search options in the sidebar include Author, Subject, Topic/Genre, Series, Number of Pages, Date of Publication, Interest Grade Level, Reading Grade Level, Lexile Level, Fountas & Pinnell, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, Guided Reading, Language, and More buttons

For example, if you know the name of the series, click Series. You can type in the entire series name in the Filter Series search box, or just the part you know.

A popup featuring a list of series titles in the Series filter menu. There is a Filter Series search bar, browse buttons, Sort options such as Results per Page and A through Z, and a large X icon in the upper-right corner of the popup to exit the filter.

To return to the screen you were on before you used the filter, just click the X next to the filter’s name underneath Your Filters. You could also click Clear All Filters.

Your Filters in the sidebar. Two filters are applied: Interest Grade Level 9 through Professional, and Fiction. Each filter has an X next to it. Beneath these is the Clear All Filters button.


4 Browse

You can click the navigation arrows to advance through the screens. The resources can be sorted by title, author, newest, and highest rated.

A sort menu, including Results Per Page (currently 12) and Sort By (currently Resource A through Z). 1 through 12 of 216 resources are chosen. Also a browse button is included.


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