Documentation is capturing the work that you performed in ways that others could read it, understand what you did and be able to reproduce your work if needed. Your documentation should include both your day to day activities (what you did) as well as "big picture" information (why you did it). More specifically it should include the following elements at minimum:
Please note that you should follow the instructions given to you by SURF and your advisor before following the advice given in the sites listed below. For example, do not leave any white space on a page that could be used for additional documentation.
There are multiple reasons to give time and attention towards documenting your work including:
Answering this question depends on the research that you are conducting, the data that you are generating, as well as what your advisor would like you to do with your data and his or her needs and expectations. Talk with your advisor about documentation early on and check with him or her frequently to be sure that expectations are met.
Possible elements to consider documenting include: