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How to Create a Research Poster

Guidelines, tutorials, and templates for designing and printing your research poster

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Library Information

In keeping with the current advice of public health officials, the University will be closing the physical library as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday March 17. This is for the protection of the campus and the library staff and faculty. The library will be open VIRTUALLY 7:30am-5pm Wednesday March 18th - Friday, March 20th and closed Saturday March 21st. Starting Sunday March 22nd, the library will be open VIRTUALLY for our normal semester hours:

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As a result we will not be able to print research posters during this time

Getting Started

Why a poster?

Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. A poster is usually includes brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants can come and view the presentation and interact with the author. When drafting a poster, you should ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. What is the most important/interesting/astounding finding from my research project?
  2. How can I visually share my research with conference attendees? Should I use charts, graphs, photos, images?
  3. What kind of information can I convey during my talk that will complement my poster?

What does a good poster include?

  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away
  • Title is short and draws interest
  • Word count of about 300 to 800 words
  • Text is clear and to the point
  • Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read
  • Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
  • Consistent and clean layout
  • Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation

Basics of creating a poster

Presenting your poster

Thanks to Ana Torres at NYU's Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology for her permission to reuse content from her guide.