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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

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 a one time poster print.

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)

When you are ready to have your poster printed,  send it to so staff can open it on their laptop.  It is preferred the poster be sent as is a PDF, formatted to the correct size. MS PowerPoint is also accepted. 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). You will be contacted when the poster is ready for pick up. The pick up point it the Library's Information Desk.

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