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Books, Journal Articles and Internet sites that may be helpful in planning your next poster.

A bibliography of books and journal articles available on campus – at the F. Franklin Moon Library at SUNY ESF and the S.U. libraries


·         Briscoe, M.H. 1996. Preparing Scientific Illustrations: A Guide to Better Posters, Presentations, and Publications, 2nd ed. Springer-Verlag, New York. 

S.U. Sci/Tech Library – 2nd ed. 1996 – Q 222 .B75 1995

·         Day, Robert A, 1998. How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper, 5th ed. Westport : Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated.

 F. Franklin Moon Library – 5th ed. 1998 - Reserve T 11 .D33 1998

S.U. – Geology Library – 5th ed. 1998 - T 11 .D33 1998

·         Day, Robert A, 1994. How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper, 4th ed. Phoenix, Oryx Press.

Section to note: Chapter 25, "How to Prepare a Poster," p. 148-151.

F. Franklin Moon Library – 4th ed. 1994 – T 11 .D33 1994

 ·         Davis, Martha. 1997. Scientific Papers and Presentations. San Francisco : Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.

Section to note: Chapter 17, "Poster Presentations," p. 174-185.

F. Franklin Moon Library – T 11 .D 324 1997

S.U. Sci/Tech Library - T 11 .D 324 1997

 ·         Dodd, Janet S. 1997. The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors, 2nd ed. Washington : American Chemical Society.

Section to note: Chapter 2. Communicating in Other Formats: Posters, Tips for Effective Poster Presentations.

S.U. Sci/Tech Library – 2nd ed. 1997 - Reference Room QD 8.5 .A25 1997

S.U. Sci/Tech Library – 1st ed. 1986 -  Reference Room QD 8.5 .A25 1997

F. Franklin Moon Library 1st ed. 1986 – Reserve QD 8.5 .A25 1986

·         Gosling, Peter J. 1999. Scientist's Guide to Poster Presentations. New York, NY : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press.

F. Franklin Moon Library – Reserve Q 179.94 .G67 1999

S.U. Sci/Tech Library – Q 179.94 .G67 1999

·         Hailman, Jack P. and Strier, Karen B. 1997. Planning, Proposing and Presenting Science effectively: A Guide for Graduate students and Researchers in the Behavioral Sciences and Biology. New York, Cambridge University Press.

S.U. Sci/Tech Library – QH 315 .H25 1997

·         Salisbury, Frank B.  1996 Units, symbols, and Terminology for Plant Physiology: A Reference for Presentation of Research Results in the Plant Sciences. New York : Oxford University Press.

Sections to note: "Some Suggestions about Scientific Writing," Frank B. Salisbury. p. 163-187

"Standards for Effective Presentations," Ross E. Loning, p. 188-201 includes section on Poster Presentations, p. 195-197

F. Franklin Moon Library – Reserve QK 710.5 .U55 1996

·         Tufte, E.R. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, Connecticut.

S.U. Sci/Tech Library – QA 276.3 .T83 1997 (reprint of 1983 ed.)

S.U. Law Library - QA 276.3 .T83 1983

Journal Articles  

·         Block, S.M. 1996."Do's and Don'ts of Poster Presentation," Biophysical Journal. Vol. 71, no. 6, p. 3527-3529.

Sci/Tech Library – QH 505 .B61

 ·         Hartman, Kyle J. 1996 "Designing Effective Poster Presentations." Fisheries Vol. 21, no. 7, p. 22.

F. Franklin Moon Library – F 562

·         McCann, Jean. 2000. “News - Poster Presentations Come of Age at Scientific Meetings.” The Scientist. Vol. 14, no. 21, p. 8.

F. Franklin Moon Library – Available electronically in full text via the library’s local catalog.


A bibliography of books and journal articles not available on campus, however items can be requested via the F. Franklin Moon Library’s Interlibrary loan service.

·         Bernard S. Brown. 1997. "Poster Design: Six Points to Ponder," Biochemical Education. Vol. 25, no. 3, p. 136-137.

·         Johns, Martin. 1998. Planning and producing scientific posters The Journal of audiovisual media in medicine. Vol.  21, no. 1, p. 13.

·         Pechenik, Jan A. 2001. A Short Guide to Writing about Biology, 4th ed. New York : Longman.

·         Pechenik, Jan A. 1997. A Short Guide to Writing about Biology, 3rd ed. New York : Longman.

Section to note:  Chapter 12, "Writing a Poster Presentation," p. 258-265.



·         University at Buffalo - The State University of New York - Biological Sciences in the Science and Engineering Library.

Content of site: Designing Effective Poster Presentations.


·         Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)

Content of site: Division of Natural Sciences and posters - advice for constructing scientific posters.


·         The Soil Science Society of America

Content of site: Tips for putting together presentable posters.


 ·         American Society of Plant Physiologists

Content of site: Education Resources - How to Make a Great Poster.


 ·         Berkeley

Content of site: Poster Design and Typography.


 ·         University of Guelph (Canada)   

Content of site: Guidelines for Effective Poster Design.


 ·         University of Sydney

Content of site: Creating Poster Displays - Centre for Teaching and Learning Information Sheet.


 ·         Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Content of site: How to Prepare a Poster.


·         University of Minnesota

Content of site: Preparing professional scientific posters.


NOTE:  All citations (books, journal articles and Internet sites verified January 2001)


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