Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

HST102 - The West and the World II

HST 102: Professor Susan Souza-Mort,
Email Address,
Campus Extension 2183

This Course Guide is designed to assist you with assignments and research for Susan Mort's The West and the World II, HST 102. 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

This project is 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.

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)
  • 2 -3 books
  • 2-3 journal articles

You will need to have at least 5 sources all formatted in MLA stylePlease 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: “French Revolution” or ”Humanism and Petrarch” 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 own? Please refer to: to evaluate your website.

Internet Modern History 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.

Exploring the French Revolution
(Primary Sources) This comprehensive website has primary sources documents, timelines, songs and a full-text of an introductory book, with pictures and documents, formatted for web readers.

Avalon Project
(Primary Sources) A collection of primary source digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Covers the years Pre-18th century to the 21st.

Spy Letters of the American Revolution
(Primary Sources) Based on spy letters from the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Gallery of Letters provides a brief description of each letter and links to more information about the stories of the spies in the letter or the secret methods used to make the letter.