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Conference Preparation and Presentation Resources

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The resources posted here provide guidance for preparing for and attending an academic conference. The handouts available as .pdf files to the right provide general advice for preparing an abstract, preparing academic posters and preparing effective verbal presentations, as well as general guidance for attending and making the most of an academic conference experience. Additional resources for further research have been listed below as well.


David T. Smith and Rob Salmond, “Verbal Sticks and Rhetorical Stones: Improving
Conference Presentations in Political Science,” PS: Political Science and
      Politics 44, no. 3 (July 2011): 583-588.

Rob Salmond and David T. Smith, “Cheating Death-by-PowerPoint: Effective Use
      of Visual Aids at Professional Conferences,” PS: Political Science and
      Politics 44, no. 3 (July 2011): 589-596.

A large format plotter printer is now available in the library for your use! For a minimal charge you can produce professional quality posters. Please visit the library's Technology Services page for all of the details (scroll to the bottom of the page for information on the plotter printer).

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