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Research Common


Research Common

Information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Choosing and Applying to a Conference

Conference presentations are a common method of communicating research results. Following are some resources to help you get started with choosing a conference and creating a presentation.

Avoiding Predatory Conferences

Predatory, or questionable, conferences are conferences that appear legitimate but follow unethical or exploitative practices. Read more...

Here are some resources to help you figure out whether the conference you are considering is questionable:

Create a Presentation

Presentations are a common way of communicating information. You may be required to create a presentation for an assignment, or you might need to give a presentation at a job interview, conference, or event.

Create an Academic Poster

An academic or research poster is an "illustrated abstract" or a brief dissemination of your research. You may be asked to create a poster for a course assignment, for a conference, or for a another purpose.

Read your assignment or submission requirements carefully for considerations such as specific poster size.


Posters can be designed using a variety of software and apps. The most common software used include Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Publisher, both of which are available through RDP. Note that word processing software like Microsoft Word is not suitable for creating posters.

Author Rights and Copyright

Copyright ensures that you have the sole right to publish and reproduce your works in any form, with the exception of the user rights granted by the Copyright Act (e.g. fair dealing, educational exemption).

You do not need to apply for copyright for the works you create. Whenever you create an original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, copyright automatically applies. While it is common practice as part of the publishing process to sign over your copyright to the publisher, creators are starting to ask for the option to retain some or all of their copyrights.

Here are some resources to get you thinking about copyright and your rights as an author.