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Why Use a Notebook?

paper Hayden-McNeil is passionate about science and the part we play in the educator community. The benefits of using carbonless laboratory notebooks are strongly aligned with a successful science curriculum. In fact, recent studies have found a direct link between student achievement in the classroom and the use of a lab notebook:

  • Clear organization allows students to sharpen their inquiry abilities.
  • Notebooks act as a formative assessment tool and enhance the teacher-student relationship.
  • Dry-labbing is eliminated; cheating is shut down.
  • Tracking evolving understanding of scientific concepts and putting together large concepts becomes easy.



With the highest quality of any lab notebook on the market, we help instructors more effectively implement a science notebook into their curriculum:

  • Unique white paper carbonless copies for exceptional clarity allow students to hand in either original or copies, not entire composition books
  • Covers contain the most up-to-date, discipline-specific reference materials
  • Fully laminated front and back covers to resist spills; back covers fold over to prevent bleed-through between sets
  • “How to Keep a Laboratory Notebook” guidelines from Dartmouth and “Laboratory Safety” guidelines for students
  • And much more!


The following are some perspectives from the scientific community:



"A laboratory notebook is one of a scientist's most valuable tools. It contains the permanent written record of the researcher's mental and physical activities for experiment and observation, to the ultimate understanding of physical phenomena. The act of writing in the notebook causes the scientist to stop and think about what is being done in the laboratory. It is in this way an essential part of doing good science."
from Writing the Laboratory Notebook by Howard M. Kanare; American Chemical Society 1985



PHYS_SCI_STUDENT_LAB_NOTEBOOK"The laboratory notebook is a permanent, documented, and primary record of laboratory observations. Therefore, a student's notebook will be a bound journal with pages numbered in advance and never torn out. This notebook contains a carbonless duplicate copy so that when you write you will produce an original and a copy. The original remains in the book as a permanently bound record and the copy is to be turned in for grading."
derived with permission from Dartmouth College, Department of Chemistry; www.dartmouth.edu/~chemlab/