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Explora Canada - Canadian Reference Centre


Explora Canada (Gr. 8 - 12) supports student research with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

This Subscription is available to Enrolled, Flex, and Registered families.

EBSCO supports learning and instruction using Explora, a modern and efficient research experience designed specifically for schools and public libraries. Introduction to EBSCOhost

Logging In

HCOS staff and students will log in with the direct link in the Search Portal under the Subs/Password tab. You do not need to set up an account to use Explora Canada. Information is located below for students who wish to set up a personal account and save their research in Explora Canada.


Using the Subscription

EBSCOhost has improved its interface to make searching easier. The new Explora Quick Start Guide has many helpful articles.

Research and writing tips for students are found under “Research Guide” at the bottom of the left-hand menu. (seen below) The Research Guide has “Topical Topics For Research” to help pick topics for research.

The tutorials they recommend viewing are these:

Basic Search on EBSCOhost

Browsing Subject Terms in EBSCOhost Databases

Advanced Search on EBSCOhost

Setting up a Personal Account

Students may set up their folders in EBSCOhost to save research materials.  For information on how to do this, go to EBSCOhost Student folders. Select “My EBSCO” from the top right corner. Select “Create an account.”



You can access Margaret Basaraba by email at for help with any questions.