I’m in Grad; Where Do I Find Information about Canada???

For high school students wanting to find Canada-specific reference materials, here is a list of our reference subscriptions that should be of good help to you.


  1. Gale CENGAGE: Canada in Context

“Canada in Context” material spans the North American continent and includes Canadian and French first language publications. Discover topics on the First nations, Confederation of Canada—celebrating 150 years, Métis, Inuit, biographies of Canadian figures as well as information on technology, sports, industry, and more.

Gale Cengage - Canada in Context

This site allows you to save content to your own folder within the site.  Log in on your parent home page in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” and scroll down to find the links and password for Gale CENGAGE.  Choosing the “Curriculum Standards” heading will allow you to choose BC learning standards and topics for English Language Arts, Science or Social Studies.

Gale SS curriculum standards - BC _2018

Videos explaining how to use “Canada in Context”:

Basics:  http://solutions.cengage.com/gale-training/video/canada-in-context/

Search Results:  http://solutions.cengage.com/gale-training/video/canada-in-context/#video-12884923987


  1. Curio.ca https://curio.ca/en/

curio_ca Image

The Curio.ca platform gives grade 8-12 students streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada.  You will find documentaries from television and radio, news reports and archival material.  There is also closed captioning for the hearing impaired.  Educational content is correlated to the new British Columbia curriculum.

BC Ed Plan Curriculum for Arts in Curio_ca

To set up your Curio.ca account, go to your parent homepage in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” from the menu at the top, and scroll down to the section “Create Your Own Login”.  This allows you to save your own playlists in your account.

NOTE:  Please be aware that, although the CBC-appropriate age range is highlighted for each program, parents need to view the programs to see if they will consider them appropriate for their own students.  You may agree with our staff that a number of the programs should have an older rating.

Social Studies programs in Curio.ca 

Tutorials for use of Curio.ca:  https://curio.ca/en/collection/curioca-tutorials-2125/


  1. Discovery Education Streaming http://www.discoveryeducation.ca/Canada/

The Discovery Education Streaming site has thousands of educational videos, including Canadian content, and is correlated to Provincial standards for grad students.  This site includes hundreds of Canadian topics such as Canadian geography, Canadian history, Canadian culture, Canadian attractions, famous historical figures, and much more.  Look for “Canadian Studies” to find Ancient Times, Colonial, Confederation, Canada’s Role in World History, Civics, Government, Geography, Famous People, Economic System, Culture and French Canada.

Discovery Education - Canadian Studies homepage

Log in to Discovery Education Canada with the username/password that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom.  To save material, you will need to have your parents email bjohnson@onlineschool.ca for a parent account.  Then under “My Content”, you can save and organize the material you wish to access later.

“Student Basics” for use of Discovery Education: https://app.discoveryeducation.ca/learn/videos/20a07853-9a29-4c22-b4e6-635e8fed0369/


  1. EBSCOhost’s Explora Secondary

EBSCOhost’s Explora Canada is a premium online information resource specializing in Canadian content.  Explora Canada includes:

  • Simple search, including primary source documents, news articles, and video clips.
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools

EBSCOhost search bar

EBSCOhost Explora may be accessed by choosing “Curriculum Resources” on the parent homepage in Encom, and scrolling down to choose EBSCOhost: Explora High School.  Choosing “Search Other Databases” from the top menu will allow students to choose “Canadian Libraries” and “Explora Canada”.

EBSCO Other Databases Site - includes magazines, images

EBSCO help is found at https://help.ebsco.com/schools  To set up your own folder in Explora go to http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehcs/login?sid=eca094e9-6494-4ce4-be03-38731f0dc7cd%40sessionmgr4009&vid=3&nobk=y



  1. KnowBC http://knowbc.com/

Encyclopaedia of BC through KNOWBC.com includes more than 4000 authoritative entries and 1500 photographs, maps, charts, tables, sound, and video clips covering BC people, places, events, culture, accomplishments, inventions, and resources.  Log in to KnowBC with the username/password that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom.

KnowBC homepage

The easiest way to search this site is by going to “Books” on the top menu, choosing a title, then going to the Table of Contents to find your topic of choice.  The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, itself, has a detailed index.


  1. Learn360

Learn360 is a website for K-12 multimedia and non-video resources.  There are thousands of video and audio materials available, plus images, articles, timelines, maps, experiments, activities, fact sheets, and more.  Students can use the search to find Canadian content, or search by BC curriculum standards.

Learn360 Logo

To log in, HCOS enrolled students should go to the parent homepage in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” on the top menu bar, and then scroll down to the “Shared Login” section for the username and password.  Students should email bjohnson@onlineschool.ca for the passkey to set up a personal account, which allows you to bookmark favourite content, add documents, create playlists, etc.

Learn360 - search by standards

Help for using Learn360:  Here is an 18-minute video to help you learn how to use the Learn360 site, or read “Search Basics – Searching for Video Content”, found at http://support.infobaselearning.com/index.php?/videolearn360/Knowledgebase/Article/View/2105/0/search-basics—searching-for-video-content.

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Last, but not least, for students who wish to prepare for exams, there is BC ExamBank.  This is a powerful resource for British Columbia students in all grades.  You can write randomized practice exams that relate directly to the curriculum as outlined by British Columbia’s Ministry of Education. The computer will mark your practice exam as soon as you’re done, so that you can immediately see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

BC ExamBank home page

Log in at http://bc.exambank.com/ with the username/password that you will find on your parent homepage in Encom.

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