If Your Digital Resource Doesn’t Open

What if the resource does not open when I click on it? Make sure you have pop-ups enabled in your browser. Try closing the window and then clicking on the title again. If that doesn’t work, please report difficulties to your librarian or teacher.


My librarian saved resources in MackinVIA for my class/project. Where can I find these resources? Your librarian can create collections of digital resources for you to browse and view. These collections are called groups. To find your group, log into MackinVIA and click on the Groups tab. Select the name of the group to access the saved resources. Additionally,…

Favorites vs. Notebook vs. Checkouts vs. Requests

What is the difference between my Favorites, Notebook, Checkouts and Requests? Favorites is a place to save titles for future reading. Notebook is where you can view all the notes you’ve written about titles. Checkouts is where you can see a list of titles you currently have checked out along with return dates. Requests is where you can see a…

Dictionary Access

What if I don’t understand a term in a resource? Through a partnership with Merriam-Webster, the MackinVIA™ Reader allows you to search for the definition of a word quickly and easily inside a digital resource. To access the dictionary, click/tap on a word to highlight it. Select the Dictionary button from the Options menu. The dictionary will…

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. View Citation Info while in MackinVIA To access the citation tool while in MackinVIA,…

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. Other resources can only be read by a certain number of students at one time. To check out a title, make sure you are logged into your Backpack™ account….


What are Categories? Categories provide a quick and easy way for you to find digital resources. Click the Categories tab on the left side of the screen. (Please note:  this feature must be enabled by your librarian.) Click on a Category to browse the resources in that subject. (Pictures my vary.) Watch a video!

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

To skip to a subsection of this topic, choose from the links below. Why do I need a Backpack? How do I create a Backpack? How do I edit my Backpack? Why do I need a Backpack? A Backpack™ is your personal account in MackinVIA. With a Backpack, you can check out and download resources,…

Why You Need a Password

Why do I have to enter a MackinVIA™ password? MackinVIA™ is password protected to make sure only people with permission (such as staff, students, and parents) can view your school’s digital resources.