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Developing Poster Presentations in the Social Sciences


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Introduction

Welcome to the online version of the Writing Center's Developing a Poster Presentation in the Social Sciences Workshop. Feel free to use the arrow below to advance to the next slide, or you can use the drop-down menu below to skip ahead.


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Posters vs. Papers

Papers are designed to appeal to an editor of a scholarly journal, and to meet the formal organizational and informational requirements of publication.

Posters are designed to appeal to peers and colleagues at conferences and/or public displays, and to meet the organizational and informational requirements of conferences and/or public displays.


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Posters vs. Papers

  • The audience of a paper is a person; the audience of a poster is people.

  • A poster presentation allows for question-and-answer sessions, and the exchange of ideas and information regarding your research.

  • A paper presents all the information; a poster presents the most important information.


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Elements of Your Poster

  • Title

  • Abstract

  • Introduction

  • Methods

  • Data/Results

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References


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Title

  • Title

    • Catching, simple, able to be seen from 20 feet away.

  • Author(s)

    • Always use first names.

    • Use middle initials if space permits.

  • Institution

    • Institution and department.

    • City names and state names can be dropped.


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Abstract

Follow APA guidelines.

Identify what is being studied, how you are studying it, and what your variables are. Identify your hypothesis. State your findings.


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Introduction

  • Follow APA guidelines.

  • Less in-depth than an introduction for a paper.

  • Highlight and focus on:

    • Questions raised and answered by previous research.

    • The question you are asking and why you are asking it.


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Methods

  • Follow APA guidelines.

  • Present only the basics--your audience isn't trying to replicate your study at this moment, they just want to know basic experimental design.

  • Identify:

    • The demographics of your subjects.

    • Measurement (repeated vs. independent).

    • Design (between vs. within).

    • Psychometric tests used in your experiment.


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Data and Results

  • Follow APA guidelines.

  • Use graphic/visual elements:

    • Tables

    • Charts

    • Pictures

    • Graphs


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Data and Results

  • Include a descriptive label for each graphic. Below each graphic include a brief written description of what the graphic is and the interpretation of its data.


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Conclusion

  • Follow APA guidelines.

  • Be concise and clear.

  • Highlight:

    • What you found, and its importance.

    • Parallels and discrepancies with previous research and theory.

    • The direction of future research.


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Acknowledgements

  • Acknowledge those professionals and research assistants outside of your research group that contributed to your study.

  • Be brief.

  • Note: this section is not a requirement.


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References

  • Follow APA format.

  • Use the same references as in your original research paper.


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Organization and Layout

  • What does a poster look like?

  • A general guide to poster layout:


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Organization and Layout

  • Logistics:

    • Find out the size regulations before you begin--the standard is usually 4' x 6'.

    • Font type for the body of your writing should be large enough to read from 6 feet away.


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Organization and Layout

  • General Tips:

    • Organize materials in either a columnar or counterclockwise fashion starting in the upper left corner.

    • Make section headings distinct from the body of your writing.

    • Use graphics, but only those that are necessary


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Organization and Layout

  • Fonts:

    • Use the same font style throughout the poster.

    • The title should be readable from 20 feet away.

    • The body of the writing should be readable from 6 feet away.

    • San serif fonts are easier to read.

    • Add emphasis with bold, underline or color--italics are harder to read.


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Aesthetic Issues

  • Color:

    • Used effectively, color is an effective method of attracting people to your poster.

    • If you use color, stick to using a set number of colors in a consistent pattern.

    • Limit your color use to 2-3 colors.


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Aesthetic Issues

  • Use contrasting colors for readability and a professional look.

  • Mount your printed material (text and graphics) on a colored background to create a border/frame.


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Aesthetic Issues

  • Layout:

    • Limited space doesn't mean you can cram things together.

    • Use a consistent spacing rule between each element of your poster.

    • Try to align corners along vertical and horizontal lines.


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Don’t Forget

  • You will be talking to others, and talking with others, about your poster. Bring a copy of your original paper for reference. Prepare handouts that highlight the key points of your research.


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