How to maintain a lab notebook

How to maintain a lab notebook

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What will you learn?

  1. Examine the role of your lab notebook in good research practice
  2. Understand what lab notes are
  3. Know the parts of a lab notebook
  4. How to make entries in a lab notebook
  5. Understand legal and ethical responsibilities involved with lab notes
  6. Discover electronic note-making
  7. Know more about documents based on lab notebooks

Why should you enroll?

A lab notebook is the first record of your research activity from experiment to observation. As a researcher, your lab notebook is your most valuable tool and main working document that will include hypotheses, experimental setup, evaluations, data, interpretations, calculations, and early analysis. In this course, you will learn how keeping a well-maintained lab notebook is a good scientific practice and crucial in lab research from organizational and legal purposes.

What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Objectives

Lecture 3: What are lab notes?

Lecture 4: Legal and ethical implications

Lecture 5: Design of a lab notebook

Lecture 6: The front matter

Lecture 7: The body

Lecture 8: Non-obligatory rules

Lecture 9: Electronic laboratory notebooks

Lecture 10: Documents based on lab notes

Lecture 11: Summary