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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

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
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
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
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
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
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
how can I make nanorobot?
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
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