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This module introduces a course on performing historical research that is built around a case study of Douglas Sladen's "Oriental Cairo." It covers studying biography, placing a work in context, searching online catalogs and other information sources, and gaining access to key resources. We have included a table of contents linked to the location of the headings in the modules as well as a list of several research topics as they appear in the course of our virtual research project.


"Oriental Cairo" was published in 1911 by British travel author Douglas Sladen. It is a description both of Cairo at the turn of the century and aglimpse of the perspective of the turn-of-the-century British on that city. The work is filled with photographs and commentary, maps and travel suggestions, and allusionsto the nature of the Egyptians as well as the British that are sometimes between the lines and sometimes overt. The work is a valuable insight into the ambiguousrelationship of the British with Egypt, a nation they occupied without ever officially colonizing.


Oriental Cairo is one of many artifacts and texts that have been digitized and published online by the TIMEA project . TIMEA, or Travelers In the Middle East Archive, is a digital archive of narratives documentingtravel to the Middle East published between the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries, along with images and interactive GIS maps. This course contributes tothe project by organizing a virtual research project around the electronic text of Oriental Cairo . We use the electronic text as the basis for a case study on conducting historical research and using libraryresources.

Conducting historical research

This module is designed to guide you through a variety of research tasks centered on "Oriental Cairo". It isalso designed to introduce a variety of resources available to you through a research library--for the purposes of illustration, we will focus on RiceUniversity's Fondren Library, but the approaches we detail here can be applied at other libraries as well. We will explore "Oriental Cairo" from a number of angles,namely those addressed by the list of questions that follows this introduction. We hope to demonstrate that the types of questions historians ask about specific worksoften arise, or are refined, during the research process itself. This project is a guided exploration of the research process that will enhance your knowledge of thetools of the trade and your ability to advance your own projects productively.

The following list of questions are some of the basics asked at the beginning of any number of possible research projects. They are also the titles ofseveral modules designed to introduce the preliminary stages of finding answers to the questions their titles ask. Select any of the questions you see to be taken to ashort description of the content and aims of the modules they represent. While you are browsing the descriptions, select any of the links in the paragraphs to be takendirectly to that section of the module you are reading about.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
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Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
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Akash Reply
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characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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