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Guidelines for Keeping a Laboratory Record

Guidelines for Keeping a Laboratory Record

This site provides a general description of how to keep a proper laboratory notebook. Requirements for different teaching, research, clinical, or industrial labs will most likely vary. Some institutions/labs will require less stringent record keeping, others will hold people to a very strict protocol. The objectives of keeping a notebook are to learn to take timely, comprehensive, and well-organized notes, and to learn the discipline of consistent record keeping. Examples are written for students who will actually work in science, but the authentic samples show how recommendations for school labs relate to what happens in actual industry or research labs.


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