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What are Academic Posters?

Academic posters are a representation of your work, communicated through text, visual imagery, infographics and/or tables and graphs to summarise your project and its conclusions. Information is laid out in sections, using headings and subheadings to draw the attention and eyeline of the viewer.

Unlike an essay, there is no standard format to an academic poster and therefore you have the freedom to play with colour, composition and the style in which you’d like to display your information.  (Canturbury Christ Church University, 2023). 

What makes a good poster?

What Makes a Good Poster?

  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away
  • Title is short and draws interest
  • Word count of about 300 to 800 words
  • Text is clear and to the point
  • Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read
  • Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
  • Consistent and clean layout
  • Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation

(New York University Libraries, 2023,

How to choose a visualization


Ordinarily, academic posters display the author's affiliation, often in the form of a logo. You may also choose to display the logo of any funding agencies who've supported your work, partner agencies, or other corporate  or government bodies.  Be sure to use their official logo, without distortion or editing. 

Finding and Using Images

When using images that you did not personally create, be sure you are doing to ethically. Consult UVic Copyright if you are unsure. 

You can find images that are licensed for reuse via Google Images (select 'usage rights' under 'tools') , Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, plus many other online sources.  Always provide attribution for the images that you use (even your own).  

Get Help

Contact the DSC at to request a consultation, to use the poster printer (suitable for drafts) or to request a workshop for a group.   

Make an appointment with the Centre for Academic Communication for advice about writing for posters, organizing information, what goes into a poster, design elements to support readers, and more. 

Book an appointment with your librarian to talk about posters: research, attributions, blbliographies, finding images and more. 

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