Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

TAH: Writing History

TAH: Professor Susan Souza-Mort,
Email Address,
Campus Extension 2183

This Course Guide is designed to help you get acquainted with writing an annotated bibliography and getting acclimated with using a combination of sources as well as differentiating types of sources used within TAH: Writing History advanced seminars. If you need assistance using any of the sources or need help finding additional information please contact a reference librarian either by stopping by the LRC, calling 508-678-2811 x2108, or using our Online Reference form.

Research Project

In order to receive graduate credit for participation in the Writing History seminars you must submit an annotated bibliography of seven (7) scholarly sources related to one narrowly defined historical theme or topic.

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (approximately 200 words) descriptive and evaluative review of the source. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

Purdue University has created a step by step guide on how to complete an annotated bibliography which we have included below. For further guidance please use their website: Purdue University.

Creating an Annotated Bibliography

  1. Locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic.
  2. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
  3. Cite the book, article, or document using MLA or APA writing style.
  4. Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Your annotation should include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic. Each annotation should be approximately 200 words.
Subject Headings

The Bristol Community College online catalog contains over 300 titles on the subject “ancient”.  To narrow your results try searching by your topic.  For example: “Socrates” or ”mummies and Egypt" to limit your results.

Questions on searching?  Contact reference at 508-678-2811 X 2108 or by using our Online Reference form.

 Periodical Databases

Databases are accessible from off campus to patrons who have a valid accessBCC card unless otherwise specified.

These databases contain citations and articles from sources such as magazines, peer reviewed journals, newspapers, and government resources.  You can access of all these databases from any computer with Internet access.

Search hints:  use the terms “and” “or” and “not’ to limit your search.  For example: “ancient” and “warfare” or “philosophers” and “ancient”; Depending upon your topic you will need to decide which databases to choose.

Massachusetts History Online
Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to MA history.

Newspaper databases Provides access to full-text content of local and regional news from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Springfield Union-News and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community.

Boston Public Library Databases The Boston Public Library provides many excellent databases for people who reside, attend school and/or work in Massachusetts. Click for instructions on how to access the BPL resources.

MasterFile Premier 
“This multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975.” 

Academic Search Premier    
“Academic Search Premier
provides full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications, including full text for nearly 3,100 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975.”

Military and Government Collection
“Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 400 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 500 titles.”   Use for:  researching historical battles, swords, armor and various historical personages.

Religion and Philosophy Collection
This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Religion & Philosophy Collection offers more than 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.”. Also useful for researching early religious sects/Christianity and various historical personages.

Expanded Academic ASAP
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  

 Web Sites

Surfing on your own? Please refer to: to evaluate your website.

Internet Sourcebook
(Primary Sources) Covering the Reformation to the 21st century.

Librarian’s Index to the Internet
is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. LII is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources.

EduPlace: History links
A web portal with links to primary sources.

National History Day
A web portal with United States primary sources.