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AI and ChatGPT

This guide provides a library perspective on the fast-changing world of Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT.

Citing ChatGPT and other AI

Do you need to cite ChatGPT or other AI tools?

In general, yes. The standard practice of citation in academic writing is that you cite anything that comes from somewhere else; anything that isn't your original thought, isn't common knowledge, and/or is a place where you pulled information from.

The best best is to check with your faculty or  course syllabus for specific citation requirements. When in doubt, reference all the content from tool that you include in your assignment. Be transparent; failure to cite properly can be considered academic dishonesty or plagiarism. References should provide clear and accurate information for each source and should identify where they have been used in your work.

It will take time for standard citation manuals (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) to fully consider how to format AI interactions in academic work. The main citation styles have some preliminary guidance: 

The guidelines around citing AI are ever-changing. Contact your subject librarian or the Ask A Librarian help desk for help.


Some text in this guide was used by permission, courtesy of University of Minnesota