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In order to be a legal document the lab notebook must

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In order to be a legal document, the lab notebook must be bound, so that no pages can be added or removed. The cover may be hard or soft, but the pages must be numbered, as proof that no pages were added or removed. Numbered pages also make it easy to index your notebook, so that it can be used effectively as a reference. You can number the pages of your own bound notebook, but it is easier to purchase a bound notebook with the pages already numbered. A lab notebook should be like a journal – readable, complete and understandable by a person with knowledge in the field. That is, you should not write in a way that only you will understand. As you fill in the pages of your notebook, record the date on each page as you start to fill it in. Start a new page for every new lab session, regardless of how much space was left on the last page. Everything you write in the notebook should be written in nonNerasable ink. Once made, observations cannot be undone, so they should be recorded in a permanent fashion. If for some reason you suspect a measurement or observation to be in error, simply cross out the bad data with a large X and put the new (hopefully better) data down next to it. Somewhere on the same page write down an explanation of why you suspected the data you crossed out to be incorrect. Put only a single line thru the bad data. Do not cross out bad data such that it cannot be read: you might be wrong twice and the original data might have been good. It is acceptable to have crossedNout material, as long as it is neat. However, a lab notebook with hash marks all over the place, data presented in haphazard fashion and general sloppiness isnotprofessionalandcannotbeunderstoodbysomeoneelsereadingthenotebook. Sometimes there may be papers that are not in your bound notebook and you wanted to include them in your notebook. An example might be a plot generated on a computer and sent to a printer. Make a copy, or, preferably, take the original, and tape it into your notebook. Sign your name across the edge of an included document and onto the notebook page to insure that the inclusion is genuine. Then tape over your signature with transparent tape. For the EECS 230 lab, obtain a bound notebook with printed page numbers (or number the pages in ink). Write your name on the first page and leave the next few pages blank, so they can be used later for a table of contents when the notebook is full.
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7 In summary, Your lab notebook should be bound, with all pages numbered in ink. Do not tear out unused pages – instead, cross them out. Unused space should also be crossed out. Reserve the first few pages for a table of contents, which should include the title and page number for each experiment. Start each experiment on a new page. Sign and date the end of each experiment.
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