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Citing Sources: ChatGPT and Other Generative AI

Information about academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism, and guides to creating citations in a variety of styles, such as APA, MLA, AMA, Chicago and more.


Before Using ChatGPT

Students, before using ChatGPT or any other AI tools, confirm with your professor that content provided by the AI is acceptable to use for the class and the assignment.

AI-detection tools are becoming more common. If you rely on AI-generated text, your assignment could be flagged as being AI-generated. Always follow your instructor's guidelines on what sources and tools are acceptable.

How to Cite ChatGPT and Other Generative AI

Am I Cheating if I use ChatGPT

Using ChatGPT-generated content in your work is identified as co-authored by you and the generative AI. Refer to Sharing & publication policy by OpenAI (the creators of ChatGPT). Failing to properly attribute ChatGPT-generated content is considered plagiarism. 

Something to consider, ChatGPT was created to give human-like responses and will prioritize this over accuracy. ChatGPT has been known to create fake source material and fake people like authors and scientists. In fact, ChatGPT can make up anything! So if you have received clear permission from your instructor to use ChatGPT in an assignment, be sure to fact-check all generated content."

Detecting Text Created by ChatGPT and Other Generative AI

What to Cite & How

Any time you use information or ideas from another source, whether you are directly quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, or referring to that source, it is very important to appropriately cite. Follow the links below for more information on identifying when citation is necessary

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