Introduction to LabArchives
LabArchives is a web-based Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) designed to help students, academics or anyone across the world, store, organise and share their laboratory data and observations. LabArchives is an alternative to the traditional paper laboratory notebook and can be used throughout your laboratory practicals, honours project or your research project.
LabArchives can be used for all types of data, including text, images, spreadsheets, etc. Specialist software, Graphpad Prism, which is widely used within the faculty, has been integrated with LabArchives to enables users to directly export projects from Prism into the LabArchives Notebook.
In summary LabArchives will successfully:
✔ Organise your laboratory data
✔ Preserve all your data securely, including all versions of your files
✔ Share information within your laboratory
✔ Keep up to date of developments in your lab when travelling
✔ Enable colleagues to share selected data
✔ Publish selected data to specific individuals or the public
✔ Automatically date and time stamp and store all data on the LabArchives server
LabArchives functions within the web browser and runs on all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad and Android devices. All teaching and project labs based in the new Science Centre (Rosalind Franklin Building) feature touch screen tablets from which LabArchives can be accessed.
The university provides a single sign-on access to LabArchives to both staff and students. If you are signing up for a course and have had a Course Sign-up URL link sent to you by your module leader or supervisor, use it; otherwise start by using the main LabArchives login URL:
LabArchives will recognise users accessing the site from a university PC or tablet device. Whether using a Course Sign-up URL or the main LabArchives login URL from on campus, you should be redirected to the “LabArchives Partner Site Login” page.
Select your institution and click “Go to your Institution’s login” and you will be redirected to the login page. Please note it is also possible you will be sent directly to the university’s login page, rather than the “LabArchives Partner Site Login” page.
If you are NOT accessing LabArchives from a university PC or tablet device, a LabArchives screen will appear requesting information – do NOT sign up here. Instead, select the University of Wolverhampton as your institution from the drop-down menu. Once selected, you will be redirected to the LabArchives “Login Setup” page where you have 2 options: to create or activate a new LabArchives account or to link with an existing LabArchives account. These two options are described below.
Create/Activate a new LabArchives Account
✤ To create or activate a new account, select the 2nd option “I do not have a LabArchives account and need to create or activate one”.
✤ If you are using a Course Sign-up URL, and did not receive an "activation" email from LabArchives, you should use this option if you need to create a new account. If on the other hand you already have a LabArchives account—perhaps because you previously took a course that used a LabArchives Notebook—use the "Link with an Existing LabArchives Account" step described below.
✤ If you received an email informing you that a LabArchives course has been created for you, choose this optionto activate your account
✤ Once selected, a new page will appear asking for your email you want associated with your account – please make sure you enter your University of Wolverhampton email address and enter it the box. Once you have received an email from LabArchives please verify that the entered email address is the address at which you received the “activate” email and correct if necessary, before proceeding.
✤ Select “Create New Account”. If you already have a LabArchives account you will get a message stating that the email address is already used for another account. In this case, use the “Link with an Existing LabArchives Account” option (see below).
Link with an Existing LabArchives Account
✤ Once logged in with your University credentials, you also have the option to associate an existing LabArchives account with your credentials.
✤ To do this, select the 1st option: “I have an existing LabArchives account already”.
✤ When selected, the page will request your existing LabArchives account information. Enter the email address and password associated with your LabArchives account, then select “Link Existing Account”.
✤ After this information is entered, your LabArchives account will be linked to your institution's authentication system. Any time you log in using your credentials you will be taken to your existing LabArchives account. All pre-existing lab notebooks will be there unchanged.
✤ If you are signing up for a course using a Course Sign-up URL, you will now be asked to confirm that you wish to sign up for the course and obtain a LabArchives Notebook for the course. ✤ Users can click on the Help menu from LabArchives which will take them to the homepage for the support area where they can begin by running a search on a topic, peruse the Knowledgebase, find video tutorials and download PDF Guides.
We hope that you'll enjoy finding new ways to document your lab work using LabArchives.