Why use databases for research?

Enter our databases through the MackinVia portal:   MackinVia

(If that access fails while you are on campus, you can access most of HBW’s database by its icon here, instead.)

I-Pad users:

  1. Open the MackinVia App.  Input “H B Woodlawn” into the field for “school.”
  2. Pause and wait.
  3. You will next view the Follett prompt that is pictured below.
    Students just apply your APS ID number (not email address) and password
    Faculty apply this information.
    follett login
  4. Use the “three lines menu” in upper left hand corner to display the databases alphabetically.

Laptop users:

  1. Best to use Mozilla Firefox or Safari as your browser, but it might also be fine on Chrome.
  2. As you move through the following steps, should you encounter the following “Follett” login, then…
    Students just apply your APS ID number (not email address) and password
    Faculty apply this information.
    follett login
  3. Go to the “Access APS one login” screen and click on the link to MackinVia.
  4. Databases are linked inside MackinVia on the left menu. Click there to find the databases listed in alphabetical order.  Our list of databases is so long, you might need to click to a second page to see the end of the database list.  REALLY IMPORTANT:  Note that the “Gale databases” link opens an enormous list of specific databases that might support your process of research.
  5. Chrome users might need to “clear their cache/history” and start over if Gale or any other database provider prompts for a password.
  6. Please contact the librarian if this access does not work. Send a screenshot of your problem to for trouble-shooting.

Access NoodleTools.

The Librarian helps students to use this valuable tool for organizing long term research projects.  With it, users get up-to-date citation guidance in either MLA or APA format, and the ability to easily export completed bibliographies, notecards and outlines to Google Account For Education (GAFE).

All HBW’s students have accounts within NoodleTools that are paid for by APS.  At HBW, we follow the protocol displayed below in order to log in to those accounts.



NoodleTools Password:  During account registration with the librarian, students establish their customized password and then NoodleTools can assist them to recall that password at a later date.  Students who cannot recall that password even with the prompt can see the librarian to re-set it. Notice that the login screen at NoodleTools also has a “remember be” feature to apply to personal devices.



Arlington Public Library has additional popular databases at their “Research Portal” link.  A library card with pin number is required.

H-B’s students love:

Proquest’s historical newspapers

Protest Historical Newspapers for tutorials on computer applications such Photoshop


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Full list of APL’s databases (scroll down through categories.)