Lab Notebook Resources

  • Binder


    -          A three-ringed binder divided into four sections

      • Class handouts,
      • Research articles
      • Library handouts
      • Miscellaneous


    Laboratory Data Notebook


    A critical skill that each laboratory scientist must develop is the proper documentation of laboratory work. Biological and chemical laboratory researchers advise that one of the most critical skills for scientists is good record keeping.  Research notebooks are legal documents that are used to obtain patents and protect research. A good laboratory notebook is complete enough that you, or someone else, could repeat the work on the basis of the information documented in the notebook. 


    • Use only a durable hard-bound notebook. 
    • Label your notebook with your name, teacher, and period.
    •  Set aside the next three or four pages of the notebook to be used for a table of contents.
    • Make sure that all of the pages after the table of contents pages are numbered before you use the notebook.
    •  Never remove pages from the notebook for any reason.
    • Use only black ink to ensure that the entries will show clearly after photocopying.
    • Make sure that your handwriting is clear, complete, and legible.
    • Make sure you have a complete record of the work that you did each day including: your thinking, observations, and data. 
    • Always date every entry.
    • Record a procedure once and refer to the page # when using it again
    • Record and date any changes made to a procedure
    • Record data and observations immediately and directly into the notebook--not on a separate sheet of paper.
    • If you have separate pages (such as instrument printouts or graphs) that need to be included in the notebook.
    • Glue, staple, or paste loose papers.

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