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Library Services for Undergraduate Research

This research guide is a portal to library services for students participating in projects sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and other undergraduate research.


This site is developed to help students who are creating research posters for presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. At this site you will find information about:

  • What to include in a research poster
  • How to design and organize a research poster
  • What software programs to use to create a research poster

Research poster sessions, historically have been widely used by the scientific community in presenting original research. However there has been an increase in the use of poster sessions for undergraduate research in the social sciences and humanities.

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Poster printing is now available in Olin Library!  More information

View Sample Posters

Poster Sessions - flick

A group on flickr for sharing posters and getting feedback

Poster Sessions - flickr

A group on flickr where people share photos of their posters

Online Design Resources

Considering Content

When developing an outline of a research poster, you want to consider including some of the following sections:

  • Introduction or Background
  • Literature Review
  • Methods or Results
  • Purpose or Objectives
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledges
  • Works Cited

Content should be:

  • clear and concise
  • relevant and significant
  • organized

Considering Design, Organization & Layout

The "Rule of Thirds" is a design tool used by photographers and graphic artists. The rule states that visual images (the poster) can be divided into nine equal segments (three sections high and three sestions wide. The audience's eye should travel from the top to the bottom in a Z pattern. The most important parts of the poster should be located on this "Z" shape.

Layout and design should consider:

  • alignment
  • balance and spacing
  • consistency
  • color
  • headings and fonts

Graphics should be:

  • clearly relevant to project
  • easily seen from a few feet away
  • simply, easy to understand
  • aesthetically pleasing, eye catching, but not garish
  • clearly labeled

Sample layouts - at a glance