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BIOL 365: Research Methods in Biology

Resources for BIOL 365, also useful for other Biology courses including: BIOL 172 and BIOL 310

Resources for course assignments

This page includes some information, resources and links to help you complete different types of assignments.

Annotated Bibliographies, Research Proposals and Written Reports


Web resources:

Ebooks from our collections:

Additional resources


Poster presentations

Poster presentations are commonly used in the academic community and are often included in conference programs. Well done posters can effectively synthesize key information and research and raise awareness about topics and issues.

A typical poster usually includes brief text, tables, graphs and/or images.  A good poster is visually appealing, concisely presents the topic enunciated in the title and includes:

  • A title that draws attention, and is short and readable from a distance
  • No more than about 800 words of text that is organized into sections labeled with appropriate headings
  • Graphs, tables or other visual means of presenting relevant data
  • Image/s that illustrate key information

The following resources can help you plan, design and create a poster that successfully presents the topic of your choice:

Software for posters

There are several software products you can use to create a poster. Each of the following has some advantages or disadvantages. Your choice of software will depend on your preference, skills and ease of access to the following:

  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • OpenOffice Impress
  • Gimp

Note: UHWO Information Technology offers Microsoft Office365 for all qualified faculty, staff and students.

Finding images

If you use images that you found on the web make sure they do not have copyright restrictions. You may ask permission to use images you find or you can use images that are in the public domain or that have a Creative Commons license. 

You can find images for your presentations at: