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Keeping a Good Lab Notebook Print E-mail
Note Taking
Written by William Finney   
Wednesday, 05 September 2007


A small page of notes

 

 

 

Just as important as selecting the proper notebook for recording your scientific experiments is how to take good notes.  Even an experienced scientist can benefit from reviewing good notebook keeping techniques from time to time.  In this How-To we talk about what should go into your notebook, what shouldn’t and how to make a good entry in your notebook.

 
Grahping Data by Hand Print E-mail
Data Analysis
Written by William Finney   
Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Image of a graph

We have all heard the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” before.  When we are presented with unfamiliar, large or otherwise cumbersome data it can be beneficial to construct a graph – a diagram – of the data to help us visualize patterns and trends in numbers.  By making a picture of the data we are able to use our visual senses to help our analytical mind interpret data.   Making graphs by hand is also a good kinesthetic exercise, allowing us to become more familiar with the information that we have collected.

 
How to pick a good lab notebook. Print E-mail
Note Taking
Written by William Finney   
Saturday, 18 August 2007

 Picture of Composition Notebooks

Choosing the right notebook for your scientific experiments can make all the difference in how you feel about your experiments and how enjoyable the experiments can be.  What you need in a lab notebook depends on the level you are working at, the environment that you will be working in, the convenience and ease of use of the notebook, and the cost.

 

 
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