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Empirical Research Practice

Prepare APA style Research Plan, Lab Report, and Poster.

Where do I begin?

Answer these three questions:

  1. What is the most important/interesting/astounding finding from my research project?
  2. How can I visually share my research with conference attendees? Should I use charts, graphs, photos, images?
  3. What kind of information can I convey during my talk that will complement my poster?

How to Create a Better Research Poster by Mike Morrison

How to create a better research poster in less time

YouTube video; 19 minutes, 31 seconds

Which Software is best for a poster?


A popular, easy-to-use option. It is part of Microsoft Office package and is available on the library computers. Advice for creating a poster with PowerPoint is available from Arizona.

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop  and InDesign

Feature-rich professional software that is good for posters including lots of high-resolution images, but they are more complex and expensive.

Open Source Alternatives 

OpenOffice is the free alternative to MS Office and Impress is its PowerPoint alternative. Inkscape and Gimp are alternatives to Adobe products. For charts and diagrams try Gliffy or Lovely Charts.

Find images you may use

Free Tools for Creating Graphics & Visualizing Data

Copyright Concerns

If you use images from the web, make sure you are not breaking copyright law. You can ask permission from the source or use images that are licensed as Creative Commons. In addition, government images usually fall in the public domain and are free from copyright.

Refer to our Copyright guide for more information.

NYU Shanghai IT Poster Printing Costs

Poster Printing Price Matrix

Page Size >3 Days Cost <3 days Cost
A0 ¥160 ¥320
A1 ¥80 ¥160
A2 ¥40 ¥80
A3 ¥20 ¥40
A4 ¥10 ¥20
A5 ¥5 ¥10

Please email to book time for your poster at least 3 days in advance. Posters without pre-booking will cost twice as much.

Poster Design Guides and Tips