Once you have some background information on your historical figure (see the "Reference Tab" for potential sources), try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might search for writings by the person by using the "Author (last name first)" option. You might also search for books about the person by using the "Subject begins with" option (also using the last name first).
For an overview of what to include in your annotated bibliography, you might refer to Lucy Scribner Library's "Writing an Annotated Bibliography" (from Skidmore College).
America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.
Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.
You might also refer to the Research Guide relevant to your historical figure to see what the most important databases are in that discipline (i.e., art, music, literature, etc.). A quick search in Discover might also give you a sense of what the most appropriate database would be (in your search results, the original database is listed right above the "Add to folder" link).
American National Biography
Information on over 17,400 men and women.
Important scholarly encyclopedia for all aspects of Judaic studies.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
Primary Sources Research Guide
See, especially, the section on finding primary sources in the catalog. Combining subject headings, as discussed on the "Overview" tab of this course guide, with primary source subheadings will often yield relevant results.
Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post. Use the "Date range" feature to focus on the historical period of interest.