Appendix A: How to Take Lab Notes

Good lab notes are essential to good scientific research.  In the same way that you take field notes when on a geologic field trip or while field mapping, taking notes in the lab is the way to document your procedures, results, hypotheses, and initial conclusions.

These resources provide guidelines on effective lab note taking.

References (Online):

Caprette, David R. (ret. 12/4/2018) Guidelines for Keeping a Laboratory Record. https://www.ruf.rice.edu/~bioslabs/tools/notebook/notebook.html

He, Yongqun Oliver (ret/ 12/4/2018) Keep a Good Lab Notebook! https://wiki.med.umich.edu/download/attachments/1608050/Lab%20Notebook%20Presentation%20-%208-12-2016.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1471355923000&api=v2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering. (ret. 12/4/2018) Instructions for Using Your Laboratory Notebook. http://web.mit.edu/me-ugoffice/communication/labnotebooks.pdf

 

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