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Electronic Lab Notebooks: Home

A description of electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) and resources with information about available ELN software

What is an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)?

An electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) is a software tool that replicates a traditional paper lab notebook. ELNs can provide a digital format with functions such as timestamps, templates, searching, and collaboration. There are many ELNs currently available that come with a wide range of functions. The price and functions of an ELN will vary by provider. Choosing a software will depend on the needs of your lab.


UW Libraries does not provide a campus wide license for any ELN software.

Picking an ELN Software

There are many different ELN software available with varying functions and limitations. Below are a few links that help you choose the best ELN software for your research:

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Research Data Services Librarian

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Jennifer Muilenburg
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