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Research Posters: Intro

A research poster is a visual representation of a research project. This guide offers the basics in design, content, and printing resources.

Printing Posters

Fall 2023 Capstone Day is November 13.

Booth Library has a plotter printer that is used to print posters.

Poster printing must be done through library staff; students cannot operate the plotter printer from library computers. Since the service is contingent upon the availability of staff, appointments are required.

To arrange a printing appointment contact either or 304.637.1200


Graduating Seniors who are presenting a capstone poster are not charged for printing. Information about printing posters will be forthcoming.

Poster printing is available to all. The cost is $3.50/sq.ft. (e.g.  the standard 3' x 2' poster would cost $21.00 to print.).

Capstone Day

Capstone posters are 3' x 2' (landscape)

For your printing appointment have your poster ready, the staff person printing your poster will probably ask for it to be emailed to them, so they can open it on their laptop.  The preferred application for creating a poster is MS PowerPoint or as a pdf, formatted to the correct size. If you choose another application to create your poster, consult first with Library Staff to make sure the application can be accessed from their PC (No MAC software).

Research Poster Example

Drop In Design Workshops

  • Workshops to discuss capstone poster design & presentation are available by appointment. Contact Mary Jo at to make an appointment!

Effective or Ineffective?

Effective research posters operate on multiple levels ...

  • broadly presents your research process
  • conversation starter
  • advertisement of your research
  • audience can review from various vantage points

Ineffective research posters suffer from ...

  • objective(s) and main point(s) difficult to find on the poster
  • too much text or text is too small
  • poor graphics
  • poor organization