Dr. T. Thomas

Professor, and Assistant Dept Chair, History,

Austin Community College

Welcome to my Instructional Website

EMAIL: tmthomas@austincc.edu

PHONE: (512) 223-8164 FAX: (512) 223-8900

VOICEMAIL: (512) 223-8164     

URGENT MESSAGE: Call ACC History Department,  (512) 223-3385

ADDRESS: 7748 Hwy 290 West, Austin, TX 78736 (Driving directions at bottom of this page)

OFFICE: Pinnacle Campus 815 (8th floor)


FALL 2016:   Mon & Wed 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 3 pm. 

Other days and times by appointment (email for an appointment)

Office hours at Pinnacle Campus 815 (8th floor)

(Driving directions at bottom of this page)


History Courses at ACC – What You Can Expect

ACC Distance Learning Courses - General Information

Degrees and Certificates Available at ACC

Link to Degree Plan Worksheets

Some Career Options for History Majors


New and/or Noteworthy

Standards of Beauty in Turn of the Century Photos…How each of the 50 states got its name…UPDATE on investigations into the Lost Colony of Roanoke….Message in a Bottle Washes up after 108 Years…“Oral History” - Conducting Family History Interviews… Researching Your African American Family History…Researching Your Mexican Ancestors…Link to History periodicals online …..Link to videos of Presidential Campaign Commercials….History MuseumsNot Even Past - History website from UT Austin History Dept…”15-Minute History” Podcasts from UT-Austin History DeptSlave Narratives [Oral histories] from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938    Hart Island: The Largest Mass Grave Site in the U.S…. Photos of World War II Bombers & Pilots …Photos of African Americans on the Great Plains …World War I photo archive….Links to Military History sites…“Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939 - 1943”  Color photos of everyday life in the U.S. from the Library of Congress archives…Images and Documents of “The West”ACC Transfer Academy  all the info about how to transfer to a 4-year institution… History News Network… Link to History Associations & Societies…. Links to U.S. History Museums… Links to history journals (periodicals)General Reference Website (encyclopedias, dictionaries, news headlines, how to find stuff, etc)…Today in HistoryAustin, TX Information


Online Map Test Practice Quiz of States in the U.S. (This site also contains other world geography quizzes that you might find fun and interesting.)

OTHER Geography Quizzes (states, rivers and topographical features) - submitted by Jay - thanks Jay!

Learn more about each of the States - submitted by Katie - thanks Katie!

Learn about the U.S. government and how it works (Geared towards younger students, but fun and informative - includes online games.)



FALL 2016 Courses


16-week session begins Aug 29th

Section 10346-031


IN-CLASS section

US History 1

M/W 9:00– 10:20 am at PIN 402

Textbook: Roark, The American Promise, Vol 1, 6th ed.

Course syllabus


Study Guide


Book Analysis Assignment


Book Analysis Book List

16-week session begins Aug 29th

Section 10347-032


IN-CLASS section

US History 1

M/W 12 – 1:20 pm at PIN 402

Textbook: Roark, The American Promise, Vol 1, 6th ed.

Course syllabus


Study Guide


Book Analysis Assignment


Book Analysis Book List

16-week session begins Aug 29th

Sections 10415-107 10426-121






US History 1 DIL (independent study via computer) 


No class meetings

Distance learning course, with exams taken at ACC Testing Centers


No class meetings

Textbook: Roark, The American Promise, Vol 1, 6th ed.

Orientation and Course Syllabus


Study Guide


Book Analysis Book List


RESEARCH Information & Assistance

Ask a Librarian” and “Live Chat” links

Understanding & avoiding PLAGIARISM

Writing a Research Paper

Finding Sources

A Guide on Conducting Research

Finding & Using Primary sources on the Web

A Guide to Good Writing Practices (types of writing and mechanics of writing)

History Sources on the Web

 A Guide to Writing a Research Paper

U.S. History sources on the Web (more at bottom of page)

Citing Internet (online) sources for footnotes and bibliography

Links to history journals (periodicals) online

Using Turabian’s Manual of Style for footnotes & Bibliography

How to search for books and articles on a particular subject.

SAMPLE Outline

SAMPLE Endnotes

Documents of the Founding Fathers (Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers, etc.)

Chicago Manual of  Style citations and SAMPLE PAPER (Scroll down halfway to see the sample paper)

Colonial American History documents

MORE primary source links below

SAMPLE citation format for footnotes and bibliography

Finding Articles in Scholarly Journals/Periodicals (a good 15-min video tutorial)


Periodicals Search page – finding articles by SUBJECT


Links to U.S. History Museums

LOCAL Academic Libraries

ACC libraries

 St. Edward’s U Library

TX State U-San Marcos library

UT-Austin libraries


Especially for Military Veterans

Job and Career Links

VetJobs.com – caters to separated or transitioning military, spouses, and dependents

ClearanceJobs.com – matches job seekers with active security clearance with hiring companies

DestinyGroup.com – a resume database and job board for former military

TAOnline.com – jobs and services for those separating from the military

Job Training for Veterans in Technology – free training program – info and application

Career guidance and employment information – sponsored by Dept. of Labor

Veterans’ Guide to Getting Hired - free help, advice, and services

Benefits: Housing, Education, Transition Assistance

Dept of Veterans’ Affairs - Summary of Veterans’ Benefits

Austin Community College Veterans’ Affairs Website

U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs GI Bill Website

U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs Benefits for returning veterans

U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs Home Loan Program Website

Transition Assistance Online - One-stop source for those separating from the military

U.S. Dept of Defense Career, job, transition assistance

Healthcare and Counseling Services

Confidential Crisis Hotline: Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Then press “1”.

Comprehensive Links to VA Healthcare benefits and information

Austin Vet Center - counseling

PTSD Information and Central Texas Treatment Sites

Links to Texas Vet Centers - counseling

Substance Abuse help and information

Health benefits for Families

Women’s Trauma Recovery Center – Temple, TX

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Links

Discussion Groups and General Information

Military & Veterans’ discussion forums

Links to dozens of veteran-related & military (current and historical) sites.

Links to Veterans’ Organizations

Links to more organizations – veterans and active duty

Military History & Reference Links

U.S. Army History

U.S. Air Force History

U.S. Marine Corps. History

U.S. Coast Guard History

U.S. Navy History

Military History sites

Dept of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms

Program at Fort Hood for soldiers in search of  their ancestors


Austin Community College Links:

 History Links

ACC Homepage

 Primary Source documents from MacGraw-Hill textbook publishers

ACC Degree & Certificate Plans

 More History online sources

Getting Started at ACC (for new or prospective students)

African-American History links

ACC History Department homepage

Atomic Bomb & Manhattan Project documents (scroll down ½ a page)

Academic Calendar 2009-2010

Civil War links


More Civil War documents, letters, biographies, etc.


Civil Rights history – photos, music, stories, history

Course Schedule

Voices of Civil Rights: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

Directories, phone/email

Colonial American History documents


Documents of the Founding Fathers (Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers, etc.)

Financial Aid information

History Cooperative (articles, teaching tools, etc.)


Historical Documents (treaties, constitutions, etc.)<