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Creating an Academic Poster [update]

Graphs and charts

  • Use a clear title and short, well-labelled axes.
  • When possible, use flow charts or graphs instead of text to represent methods and processes.
  • Avoid copying and pasting low-quality images from other files. Build graphs and charts directly in PowerPoint to ensure high resolution and proper formatting.
  • If you adapt a graph/chart from another author, re-create the image directly in PowerPoint. Use the appropriate citation format to give credit to the original author.
  • Simplify graphs and charts to emphasize information that is critical to understanding your research and its implications.


Where to Find Images, Pictures, and Logos for your Poster

  • Use high-resolution logos that you obtain directly from your department and the University of Guelph Brand Guide.
  • If you are working with community partners or other organizations, ask them if they would like their logo included and request a high-resolution graphic.
  • Use the Find Audio, Images and Video for Remixing guide to locate stock photos or other images which the public can use.
  • Creative Commons provides a search tool that lets you see the copyright licenses of images and provides direction for referencing images.
  • If you use a photograph that you have taken yourself, obtain written consent from people you photograph. If you photograph pets or livestock, obtain written consent from the animals’ owners.

How to Use Images and Pictures in Your Poster

  • Use pictures with a purpose. Pictures can be an extremely useful way to demonstrate information, but it should be clear how each image communicates an essential aspect of your project and research. 
  • Ensure visuals are readable from 1-2 metres away. 
  • Use a resolution of at least 150 ppi. When downloading images from the Internet, select the highest possible resolution. 
  • Posters are a form of academic publication; all content, including visuals, must be referenced appropriately. 
  • When using images that are not your own, cite the image creator unless the creator gives explicit permission to use the image without citation. Refer to Cite Your Sources for more details. 

Resources to Help You Incorporate Graphs, Charts and Images in Your Poster

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