Each and every time information is taken from a source (whether it is taken as an exact quote, re-worded, or paraphrased) and used in a research project, credit must be given to the original source of information. Typically, that is done in two ways:
Most research projects require both in-text citations and a list of works cited at the end of the project.
Plagiarism can be avoided by using information in an ethical way. Documentation ensures that the original creator of a source is properly acknowledged each time his or her words, information, ideas, or images are used in another work.
Proper documentation is done both in the text of a project and in a works cited or references list at the end of the project. This serves several purposes, including: