Analytical Sciences Digital Library
The Analytical Sciences Digital Library, ASDL, is an NSF-funded digital library, accessed at www.asdlib.org, that collects, catalogs, links and publishes peer reviewed web-based discovery materials pertinent to innovations in curricular development and supporting technical resources in the analytical sciences.
Avoiding Plagarism - University of North Carolina
A site by the University of North Carolina (UNC) that"explains what plagiarism is and outlines steps students can follow to avoid plagiarizing." A section titled, "How can I avoid plagiarizing" is particularly useful in guiding students in their written work. The right side menu on this site provides links to many topics concerned with "writing a paper" including when and how to use citations. This is an excellent resource on writing for students and teachers.
Piracy and the Use of Written Works
This site is a glossary of terms dealing with piracy and use of written works, goods and materials. Although written specifically for "kids" it is nonetheless applicable to a wide range of readers.
Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) - Pam Mabrouk
This site contains a Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) \"an interactive web-based tool intended to assist undergraduates to navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience.\" It takes students step-by-step through the research process including how to select a project and faculty advisor to the various aspects of conducting research and the associated responsibilities including issues of research notebook, integrity, intellectual property, ethics, reporting out and publishing. It is recommended reading for students undertaking research and faculty who are mentors.
The Laboratory Notebook - Faculty of Truman University
The content of this website has been developed by the faculty of Truman University for guiding students in the proper writing and keeping a laboratory notebook. It is comprehensive in scope discussing the importance of a lab notebook including type of notebook, rules for entries, organization, format, arrangement and type of content, and ending sections (i.e., summary of results, references, etc.). As stated in the introductory section. No matter what guidelines you use, the goal is to produce a record of a scientific endeavor that is understandable to a knowledgeable reader and which can be used to repeat the experiment...
Online Writing Lab - Purdue University
This website is part of an online writing laboratory of Purdue University. It, when coupled with a link to MLA (Modern Language Laboratory: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/741.01/ ) provides an all-encompassing guide to writing. Besides guides to all aspects of the writing process, the section on "Research and Citation" may be of greatest interest to researchers and practitioners of science. The section for writing instructors contains many useful guides for teachers and instructors. There are many links embedded to provide resources on many facets of the writing process. This site should appeal to all levels of students, teachers and practitioners.
Selecting Chemical Resistant Gloves
A complete guide to the selection of gloves with reference to commercial suppliers is contained herein. Gloves resistant to chemicals are an important aspect of protection from hazardous materials. It is critical that the user select glove material based on the chemicals used and the glove's permeation data. Inappropriate use of glove material may injure a worker as chemicals can rapidly permeate the barrier.
Template for a Chemical Hygiene Plan
A comprehensive template for a Chemical Hygiene Plan of a large research department is contained in this website, with several illustrative modules on Standard Operating Procedures that can be modified for specific lab applications. (Some recommended reading links do not work.)
Creating a Chemical Hygiene Plan
This website has a very concise introduction to the preparation of a laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) with reference to the OSHA Laboratory Safety Standard. A Word template is provided for individual labs to prepare their own customized CHP including policies and standard operating procedures (SOP) that protect workers from effects of hazardous materials.
OSHA Safety for Industrial and Commercial Labs - OSHA
An all-inclusive OSHA website on safety and health issues that is intended primarily for industrial and commercial labs. A complete description of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and its provisions aimed at protecting employee health can be found here. Exempted from the rules are "workers who are self-employed and public employees in state and local government", who are often covered under OSHA approved state plans.
NIOSH-Handling Engineered Nanomaterials - NIOSH
This site contains the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approaches to managing the health and safety concerns associated with engineered nanomaterials. It reviews what is currently known about nanoparticle toxicity, process emission and exposure assessment, engineering controls and personal protective equipment. NIOSH seeks input from researchers, practitioners, manufacturers and the general public to remain current on the subject. The 71 page text can be freely downloaded. It is recommended reading for anyone working with or concerned about nanomaterials.
Healthful Laboratory Environments - Stanford University
This site contains Stanford University's Environmental Health and Safety resources for use by faculty, researchers and students to promote safe and healthful laboratory environments. It is comprehensive in scope providing guidelines for safety practices in a wide variety of laboratory settings. Links are also provided to relevant programs and topics such as CDC report form, chemical storage, and fire and gas emergency monitoring.
Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Materials
Using 94 PowerPoint slides, laboratory safety is presented with emphasis on hazardous chemicals. This is an excellent resource for use by instructors in teaching laboratory safety, particularly in recognizing, handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals. Several graphics show the right and wrong ways signage is used in regard to lab safety. Additionally, there are a few slides that have a "what is wrong?" option that will help identify potential issues. This is a very instructive site with real illustrative examples for students, teachers and practitioners working in chemical laboratories.
Laboratory Safety PowerPoint
This is an instructive site on laboratory safety presented in a unique manner using PowerPoint illustrative text and graphics. It is a reader friendly presentation and is recommended as a possible starting point in safety and chemical hygiene plans. A list of rules to follow in the laboratory is also included.
Laboratory Safety and Compliance - University of California, Riverside
This website by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) provides links to sites covering laboratory safety and compliance. The links given in rule 3 of the initially opened pdf document are: http://www.ehs.ucr.edu/safety/ISEM/isem.html and http://www.ehs.ucr.edu/safety/ISEM/isemfollowthefive.html, respectively. In particular, external references exist for training, integrated safety and environmental management, proper protective eyewear, personal protective equipment, storage and disposal considerations (esp. for California), as well as proper emergency response. This is an excellent resource to establish safety and chemical hygiene plans for any laboratory.
Laboratory Safety - CDC and NIOSH
A website that is comprehensive in its treatment of laboratory safety. It is a CDC and NIOSH (NIOSH publ. no.2007-107) site with topics covering instructor's responsibilities, a chemical hygiene plan and material safety data sheets. It also provides consideration for purchase, tracking, labeling and storage of chemicals, and of strategies for chemical waste reduction and their maintenance. This is an outstanding resource for anyone needing to establish or review laboratory and chemical storage safety.
Safety Rules and Practices for High School Labs
This URL links to a website aimed at beginning science students. It offers safety rules and practices for high school labs, focusing on general guidelines, clothing, accidents and injuries and how to handle chemicals, glassware, equipment and heating protocols. The website also includes a safety contract and a glossary of some common chemistry and lab terms. This is an excellent resource for anyone who is introducing safety in the laboratory.
Information on Creating and Presenting Posters - Ann Watkins
The author, Ann Watkins, has compiled a list of sources on 'Information on Creating and Presenting Posters'. These sources include links to two websites, two meta sites and two journal articles , all accessible online. The first referenced website, http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm
, is an excellent primer on designing posters and includes a downloadable PowerPoint template as a starting point to make a poster.
Poster Design Guidelines - University of Wisconsin
This website by the University of Wisconsin chemistry library states that "A poster is a visual, interactive forum" whereby" a research topic is conveyed graphically and in an informal setting with each presenter standing next to his/her poster to answer questions or clarify information." The left hand menu has links to Introduction, Layout, Fonts, Graphs and Charts, Color, Internet Sites, and Articles and Books. The "Internet Sites" list includes links to several sites that contain excellent suggestions on how to create an attractive, informative, readable and attention-getting poster.
How to Make a Scientific Poster - Dr. Christopher Martin
This website by Dr. Christopher Martin outlines how to make a scientific poster, which is a graphical presentation, usually mounted on a 3 ft high and 4 ft wide fiberboard. Posters are common at scientific conferences as a method of communicating scientific work to attendees, often encountered during breaks or evening receptions. Martin states some of the good and bad aspects he has seen in posters, and provides guidelines similar to those used for scientific papers except that the format is very different.