How to maintain a lab notebook

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-makingKnow more about documents based on lab notebooks
    How to maintain a lab notebook

    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