EBSCOhost and Explora

EBSCOhost and Explora2018-11-21T16:31:22+00:00
Go To EBSCOhost Explora Canada
Go To EBSCOhost Explora Primary
Go To EBSCOhost Explora Secondary
Go To EBSCOhost – Other Databases

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

EBSCOhost products available to HCOS Nov 2018

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:

Explora Secondary

EBSCO Explora – Primary and Middle School Research site:

Explora Primary

To access the old EBSCOhost site, including many research sites and NoveList Plus:

EBSCOhost – Other Databases

Using Explora:

For help building a research project and bibliography, contact Pippa Davies.

Research Made Easy with Explora from EBSCO on Vimeo.

Saving Student’s Work

Students may set up their own folder in EBSCOhost for saving research materials.  For information on how to do this, go to the help page:  EBSCO – Student Folders and EBSCO – Advanced Student Folders.

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.

Canadian Content

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.  

NoveList Plus

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.  

In order to directly assign an article to your student, you can go to the Tools menu and scroll down to “Permalink”.  The Permalink will link directly to the article, so you can assign it and the student can find it without having to search for it.

To access National Geographic magazine full-text:

  • 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:

If you would like to find help in using EBSCOhost products, please go to Where can I find tutorials on EBSCO interfaces? (Scroll down to find EBSCO Health Tutorials)

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