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Cite Your Sources

Resources for creating citations and Works Cited lists

Overview

Before you use Generative AI in your classes or for an assignment, make sure you talk to your teacher. Each teacher may have different ideas about what is and what isn't acceptable use. They may also have specific ways in which they want you to document how you used AI.

 

Note: Image generated using Canva's Magic Studio from the prompt "warning sign about using generative AI".

Citation

If you are using Generative AI as a knowledge tool (meaning you are quoting or paraphrasing the information in your assignment), make a Works Cited List citation and an in-text citation in the same way you would when you use the words or ideas from any other source of information:

 

MLA Works-Cited-List Entry​:

Rule: "Prompt" prompt. Name of AI Tool, version, Publisher, Date, URL.

For example:

"Describe the symbolism of the green light in the book The Great​ Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald” prompt. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version,​ OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023, chat.openai.com/chat.​

 

​In-text citation​:

According to ChatGPT, ….... (“Describe the symbolism”).

 

NOTE: Be sure to share the exact URL that goes directly to your chat thread. Click the share button and grab the direct URL.

Declaration

If you are using Generative AI as a language or brainstorming tool (meaning you are using the tool to improve the grammar, fluency, or organization of your writing), write a reflection or declaration that includes the following:

  • Provides a written acknowledgment of the use of generative artificial intelligence
  • Specifies which technology was used
  • Includes explicit descriptions of how the information was generated
  • Identifies the prompts used
  • Explains how the output was used in your work

 

A suggested format:

"I acknowledge the use of [insert AI system(s) and link] to [specific use of generative artificial intelligence]. The prompts used include [list of prompts]. The output from these prompts was used to [explain use]."

 

The above suggested format and examples below are from “Acknowledging the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence.” Student Academic Success, 18 Apr. 2023, www.monash.edu/student-academic-success/build-digital-capabilities/create-online/acknowledging-the-use-of-generative-artificial-intelligence.

Examples

I acknowledge the use of [1] ChatGPT (https://chat.openai.com/) to [2] generate materials for background research and self-study in the drafting of this assessment. I entered the following prompts on 4 January 2023:

  • [3] Write a 50-word summary about the formation of Monash University. Write it in an academic style. Add references and quotations from Sir John Monash.

[4] The output from the generative artificial intelligence was adapted and modified for the final response.

 

Legend: [1] AI system(s) and link; [2] specific use of generative AI; [3] prompt; [4] explanation of use.

I acknowledge the use of [1] ChatGPT (https://chat.openai.com/) to [2] generate materials that were [4] included within my final assessment in modified form. I entered the following prompts on 4 January 2023:

  • [3] Write a 50 word summary about the formation of Monash University. Write it in an academic style. Add references and quotations from Sir John Monash.

 

Legend: [1] AI system(s) and link; [2] specific use of generative AI; [3] prompt; [4] explanation of use.

I acknowledge the use of [1] ChatGPT (https://chat.openai.com/) [2] to refine the academic language and accuracy of my own work. On 4 January 2023 I submitted my entire essay (link to google document here) with the instruction to [3] “Improve the academic tone and accuracy of language, including grammatical structures, punctuation and vocabulary”. [4] The output (here) was then modified further to better represent my own tone and style of writing.

 

Legend: [1] AI system(s) and link; [2] specific use of generative AI; [3] prompt; [4] explanation of use.

If AI was permitted to be used in your assessment, but you have chosen not to use it, the following disclosure is recommended.

No content generated by AI technologies has been used in this assessment.