ERIC Number: ED344734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Writing the Laboratory Notebook.
Kanare, Howard M.
The purpose of this book is to teach the principles of proper scientific notekeeping. The principles presented in this book are goals for which working scientists must strive. Chapter 1, "The Reasons for Notekeeping," is an overview of the process of keeping a laboratory notebook. Chapter 2, "The Hardware of Notekeeping," is intended especially for the laboratory manager, purchasing agent, or school administrator who is responsible for specifying and obtaining laboratory notebooks, writing paper, and pens. The information that is included will also be valuable to librarians, archivists, record managers, and any scientist who is concerned about the permanence of written records. Chapter 3, "Legal and Ethical Aspects," discusses the ownership, rights, and obligations of the scientist and the employer, both in the university and industry. Chapter 4, "Management of Notekeeping," describes practices for issuance, use, and storage of notebooks. Chapter 5, "Organizing and Writing the Notebook," emphasizes the importance of being flexible and clear in writing. Chapter 6, "Examples of Notebook Entries," provides examples of the proper method of entering a variety of laboratory notes. Chapter 7, "Patents and Invention Protection," examines how the notebook is used to help secure patents and invention protection. Chapter 8, "The Electronic Notebook," summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of traditional, handwritten notekeeping systems and computer-based systems. Some suggestions for teaching laboratory notekeeping and photographs from the historical laboratory notebooks of famous scientists are appended. (KR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Higher Education, Inventions, Laboratory Experiments, Legal Responsibility, Notetaking, Patents, Science Education, Scientific Research, Writing Skills
American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (paperback--ISBN-0-8412-0933-2, $14.95; clothbound--ISBN-0-8412-0906-5, $24.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
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