Note Taking and Study Aids
What is MackinVIA™?
MackinVIA™ is a program that makes it easy to access your school’s eBooks, educational databases and other resources. One User ID and password is all you need to get started. You can use MackinVIA on any device that has Internet access. For online and offline access, there is a free MackinVIA app available for download.
How do I log into MackinVIA?
To access your school’s resources, you can enter the guest login set up for the school, or you can enter your Backpack User ID and Password.
What if I can’t remember my User ID and password?
If you don’t remember your User ID and password, please ask your librarian or teacher for help.
What is a Backpack™?
Backpack™ accounts help you store and manage your eBooks and databases. With a Backpack, you can save your favorite eResources in one place, check out and request Mackin-hosted eResources, and store notes about eBooks and other resources.
How do I find eBooks and other resources in MackinVIA?
There are four ways you can search for eBooks or databases in MackinVIA. Use the one that works best for you.
- Perform a keyword search
- Browse topics on the Categories page
- View groupings of resources created by your teachers on the Groups page
- Filter the eResources using the Advanced Search filters
Do I have to check out eBooks to read them?
Many eBooks 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 eBooks can only be read by a certain number of students at one time.
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 eBook title again. If that doesn’t work, please report difficulties to your librarian or teacher.
What is the MackinVIA Reader?
The MackinVIA Reader is a cross-platform application that allows you to read Mackin-hosted eBooks and Audiobooks in MackinVIA. Besides flipping pages in the Reader, you can view a linked table of contents and page thumbnails, access eBook information, bookmark pages, search through the text, write notes, cite sources, access a dictionary, zoom in/out, change the page view, pan around the page and close the eBook when you’re finished.
Why do some resources such as databases open up to a different e-reader?
Most of the eBooks in MackinVIA are hosted by Mackin and open in the MackinVIA Reader. However, some resources such as online databases and videos are hosted on other platforms.
How do I download an eBook to my device such as an tablet or smartphone?
Once a title is checked out to you, you can easily download it to your device for offline reading inside the app. Look for the Download button next to each title in your list of checkouts.