Maintaining good laboratory notebooks is even more important than has been in the past. Events like the Walkerton tragedy underscore the importance of maintaining good records that can be later scrutinized. Increased standardization and accountability in government and industry have also made it imperative that records are accurately maintained. Laboratory notebooks are a primary source of supporting documentation for developing new technology, an increasingly important activity for biologists, and also to comply with regulations, particularly with regard to safety.
This site will be updated periodically with protocols and should serve as a standard resource for students taking undergraduate laboratory courses and working in research laboratories.