Social Studies

This page covers all grad resources for Social Studies including: Geography and History.





The platform gives our students streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada. Students can find documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots and more — great Canadian content from thousands of programs and resources that you can access with a single subscription!

To set up your 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”.

Note: Going to the “Resources” tab in allows students to choose “Curricula” for B.C. and to access the content available that correlates to the various subjects in the BC Ed Plan.  Choosing the “+See related content” icon gives quick access to other related topics.


To find out more under the same topic, be sure to choose the

see-related-content-image icon  which will open up more options under the same topic.  It also offers filters in the navigation on the left-hand side:  Categories, subjects, language, age group, media type, closed captioning, etc.

Here is a link to the tutorials, to help with better navigation of the site.


Discovery Education Streaming


The Discovery Education Streaming site has thousands of educational videos, including Canadian content, and is correlated to Provincial standards for grad students.  For information about the Discovery Education site and how to use it, go here.




The EBSCOhost research site, Explora, may be accessed through choosing “Curriculum Resources” on the parent homepage in Encom, and scrolling down to EBSCOhost.  High School students should choose EBSCOhost: Explora High School or EBSCOhost: Other Databases.




The “Other Databases” site will take students to the old EBSCO search site, from which they can access magazines, Images, Consumer Health, etc.  Note that to find “First Peoples” or “First Nations” images, you will need to go to the Image Search in the Canadian Reference Centre, shown at the bottom of the screenshot below.  Be sure your search uses quotation marks, or the site will be searching individual words.




Students may also access this site by choosing “Search Other Databases” along the top of the Explora: Secondary Schools page, which will also take them to the screen above.

On the Explora Secondary Schools’ page, students may scroll down to choose from the topics and icons displayed.  They may also go to the search bar along the top of the page.







Here is a description of this subscription and help for browsing the site.


The search in this site is the important component.  “Search Basics – Searching for Video Content” is a link to explain the basic search, advanced search and search by standards.  Going to the “Search by Standards” at the top of the page allows you to choose British Columbia Standards, Grade of choice, and Subject.


Learn360 provides streaming video content with a great deal of Social Studies material.  To see some of the series available in Learn360 for Social Studies, scroll down to the bottom of this document and the grad info is in the far right-hand column:

World Book


The World Book Advanced site has resources for grad students’ research using encyclopaedia, multimedia, eBook and primary source databases.  World Book includes research tools such as dictionaries, atlas, timeline, etc.

Log in at the World Book site, found on the parent homepage in Encom under “Curriculum Resources”.  This will take you to the World Book login page.  Once  in the site, students may go to the upper right-hand corner



to choose either “In the Headlines”,   world-book-in-the-headlines


or Research & Resources. world-book-research-resources


Alternatively, students may use the search bar:



or the Advanced Search.



Note that all World Book images may be used for HCOS students’ research purposes to include in essays, etc. as they have free copyright.  Be sure to use the ‘Citation Builder’ site (shown in the dark-blue screenshot above), which gives citations in MLA, APA or Harvard formats.

Students may set up their own site in World Book for storing their research (from both within and outside of World Book), making notes, creating timelines, creating citations, etc.







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