Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

HST101 - The West and the World I

HST 101: Professor Susan Souza-Mort,
Email Address,
Campus Extension 2183

This Course Guide is designed to help you get acquainted with writing a research paper and getting acclimated with using a combination of sources as well as differentiating types of sources used within Susan Mort's "The West and the World I", HST 101. 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

Topics: Either one approved by the instructor or from the list passed out in class.

Guidelines:  Minimum 5 page paper (Not including cover page!), double spaced, 12 font. A 7 page paper is preferred.

You will need at least:

  • 1 primary source (appropriate websites may be used)
  • 1-2 books
  • 1-2 journal articles

You will need to have at least 3 sources all formatted in MLA style! Please do not use Wikipedia or your text book.

Paper will result in a grade letter of “F” if none of these guidelines are followed.

Please refer to the calendar on Elearning for due date. 

Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.  For guidelines on plagiarism visit OWL.

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.

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

Also refer to “web links” on Elearning for more links.

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

The Perseus Project : An Evolving Digital Library
"Perseus is a continually growing digital library of resources for studying the ancient world. The library's materials include ancient texts and translations, philological tools, maps, extensively illustrated art catalogs, and secondary essays on topics like vase painting. A collaborative team from a number of academic institutions has worked together to amass Perseus materials. Over 70 museums have shared pictures of their art objects."

Internet Sourcebook
(Primary Source) is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

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.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive
This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language.

Studies scholarly resources compiled and organized from around the world.

Gode Cookery
is an award-winning medieval history website dedicated to the food & feasts of the Middle Ages & Renaissance. Here you will find information on medieval cooking, instructions for preparing authentic feasts, hundreds of recipes, image collections, a medieval cooking discussion group, graphics, photographs, and history resources.

Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485).

ORB: The Online Reference Book
This site for Medieval Studies is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students.