Accessing Canadian content for all subjects is now a simple process through EBSCO. This is a premium online information resource specializing in Canadian content. Our EBSCO site includes the following resources:
- Canadian Libraries – EBSCOhost Research Databases
- Explora Canada
- Explora High School (Gr. 8-12)
- Explora Primary (Gr. K-7)
- Explora Educator
- Canadian Reference Centre (fantastic resource for
debates or controversial/argumentative essays)
- Consumer Health Complete (medicine/health)
- Image Search in Canadian Reference Centre
- EBSCO Discovery Service
- MasterFILE Premier
- NoveList Plus
Please note that secular content will be included and parents should be supervising their students’ searches.
To find the login for EBSCOhost research sites, enrolled students with HCOS should go to their parent homepage in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” from the menu bar along the top and scroll down to find EBSCOhost under “Require a Shared Login”. Alternatively, you can go to the links below:
EBSCO Explora – High School Research site:
EBSCO Explora – Primary and Middle School Research site:
To access the old EBSCOhost site, including many research sites and NoveList Plus:
For help building a research project and bibliography, contact Pippa Davies.
Saving Student’s Work
Explora for Primary School Users
To help primary students use Explora: Explora for Primary Students
Explora for Middle and High School Users
To help middle school and high school students use Explora: Explora for Middle and High School Users.
In the “Search Other Databases” Site, the Advanced Search, under Canadian Reference Centre and MasterFILE Premier, you can choose “Sources Published in Canada” as one of the filters or limiters.
For information on using NoveList Plus, please go to NoveList.
Video tutorials may be found on this help page.
2018-19: Please do not use the curriculum correlations found in Explora, because they are from 2006 and 2007, so are very out-of-date. The EBSCOhost representative has suggested that we could go into the BC Curriculum website and choose the grade/topic/content to which we need to correlate, then copy/paste it into the Explora Advanced Search. This will allow us to ensure that the content we are using will meet the BC Ministry guidelines.
Features of EBSCOhost:
EBSCO allows students to listen to the content, if needed, and choose the lexile level for reading. The navigation on the left-hand side of the page allows you to refine the search.
A search for “frogs”, for example, brought up the screen below. Pointing to the magnifying glass at the top right-hand side of each entry gives the option for the citation of that entry in any one of 9 different formats. Clicking on the folder icon allows a student to save the article to their folder in the site. They can also make their own notes to go with the article and save them.
You will note that there is the option to open the full text .pdf of the article or periodical, to print it, and to choose to listen to it, as well as to choose the accent in which it will be read to you! The words are highlighted as they are read aloud. The “Translate” option allows students to read the article in a different language, although this eliminates the potential to have it read to them.
To access National Geographic magazine full-text:
- Log in with EBSCOhost – Other Databases
- Choose the Publication Finder Interface
- In the search bar, type in “National Geographic”
- Choose the edition of National Geographic you wish to access
- Choose “MasterFILE Premier” for full text access:
- Choose the issue from the menu bar on the right-hand side:
- A list of titles will open up. You can choose to see the full text or the image quick view from the menu at the right:
You can also view the article description, or save to your own folder from the options to the right of the title: