How to maintain a lab notebook and organise your research
What will you learn?
- What lab notes are and their role in good research practice
- Know the key sections of a lab notebook
- How to make entries in a lab notebook
- Legal and ethical responsibilities involved with lab notes
- All you need to know about electronic note-making
- An overview of documents based on lab notebooks
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. It is in fact, the first record of your research activity from experiment to observation and must be meticulously maintained.
This structured program highlights several useful tips on the types of sections and entries a researcher should ideally maintain, and the basic thumb rules to follow. It outlines the legal and ethical implications of keeping notes, wraps up with an overview of electronic note-making and documents based on lab notes. The course also dwells on how keeping a well-maintained lab notebook is a good scientific practice and crucial in lab research for 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
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