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"Analyzing Symbols in Artifacts," section 5 of the 6-part course on "The Souvenir of Egypt," examines the symbols appearing in the imagery of a decorative silk focused on Egypt. Here, we will discuss how to interpret the meaning of each symbol in the silk using a variety of print and online resources. We not only explore the possible meanings of the various symbols, but also explain how to conduct research into cultural history.

The symbols of the souvenir of egypt

Our goal is to determine the identity and meaning of a textile that appears to be titled "Souvenir of Egypt" , which is part of the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) Having made our way through previous modules about the Texts , Flags and Faces in the silk, we now come to some less concrete images which we will call the Symbols. As we try to uncover thereferences behind the symbols, we will not only be attempting to identify unfamiliar visual imagery, but also to interpret it and build an argument about its significance. The following listwill number the images and link you to the section in which each is addressed. In order to identify some of the symbols we will venture into several disciplines,including English and Art History, have conversations with experts we have not yet met, and broaden our perspectives and abilities as researchers in the process.

symbol 1
symbol 2
symbol 3
symbol 4
symbol 5
symbol 6
symbol 7

Where to begin? finding help with researching unfamiliar topics.

There are many occasions in the research process in which we pause, contemplate ouroptions and decide that we have absolutely no idea where to begin. Finding ourselves in areas that are completely foreign to us is one of the clearest signs that we arelearning something. It is important to push yourself to innovate and create new options for yourself, but it is also important to know when to seek outside advice.There are many ways to do this; we will highlight a few.

Ask your advisor for suggestions

If you find yourself stuck or don't know how to start a research project, your advisor, mentor or instructor can probably help. When outside advice was sought for theidentification of the symbols in this project that is where we began. Chances are you will be given the names of professors or authors of books on the subject. Bringa note pad and take everything down.

Visit the reference desk in the library

Often, the best place to inquire about resources for your project is the reference desk in the library ofyour university. Libraries hire specialists in particular disciplines who enjoy assisting with research projects. Visit your library's home page to find a listing of staff by subject area.At Fondren Library, for instance, we find this listing under Departments>Reference> Librarians Listed by Subject .We find the name of librarians focusing on Art History and English. Let's send an email explaining our conundrum and ask for advice.

Locating a faculty member with a background in the subject you are researching

Interestingly, we can actually browse among the faculty members at our universities. Nearly all of the faculty members willhave office hours when they make themselves available to students. Let's have a look at what Rice University has to offer us for our research; feel free toapply this technique to the web site of your own university.

Questions & Answers

what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
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