Good advice. I’ve been Morning Paging daily for more than ten years and have found it to be an especially rewarding experience. I do advise new journalers not to spend more money than they have to on journals. Go to an office supply store like Staples and get a 3-pack of 4-1/2 x 7 single-subject notebooks, with 40 sheets. They cost less than four dollars per pack. It will take about 20 minutes to fill 3 pages. They hold fountain pen ink very well, and you won’t feel like you’re splurging as you would with a Moleskine, which can sometimes have a chilling effect on your self-expression.
1 Historical review: Some topics are better understood if a brief historical review of the topic is presented to lead into the discussion of the moment. Such topics might include "a biographical sketch of a war hero," "an upcoming execution of a convicted criminal," or "drugs and the younger generation." Obviously there are many, many more topics that could be introduced by reviewing the history of the topic before the writer gets down to the nitty gritty of his paper. It is important that the historical review be brief so that it does not take over the paper.
You may want to identify certain types of equipment by vendor name and brand or category (., ultracentrifuge vs. prep centrifuge), particularly if they are not commonly found in most labs. It is appropriate to report, parenthetically, the source (vendor) and catalog number for reagents used, ., " ....poly-L-lysine (Sigma #1309) ." When using a method described in another published source, you can save time and words by providing the relevant citation to the source. Always make sure to describe any modifications you have made of a standard or published method.