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Electronic Lab Notebooks: What are ELNs?

Electronic lab notebooks are a digital platform for organizing and saving research records. Researchers can use them in place of or in addition to hardcopy notebooks. This guide is intended to provide information about advantages and pitfalls of differe

What are ELNs?

ELN stands for electronic lab notebook.  ELNs perform the same functions as hardcopy lab notebooks and are an important element of laboratory data management.  This guide will describe the elements of laboratory record keeping and the necessary considerations for implementing ELNs. For more information about good data management, see the library guide on Managing Research Data.