Notebook Best Practices

Whether an ELN or a paper notebook, the information that is provided needs to be a detailed and accurate representation of the research record. Including:

  • Dated entry (time-stamped in ELN)
  • Descriptive title of experiment (nanoparticle synthesis vs. TiO 2 – Citrate
  • capped (6-10 nm) Nanoparticle synthesis)
  • Hypothesis/goals/specific aims
  • Relevant background information (including citations)
  • Protocols, calculations, reagents, equipment used, experimental conditions
  • Observations (planned or unplanned)
  • Raw data
  • Conclusions