Can I use generative AI for referencing?
Generative AI tools can be asked to provide references or citations – however these are often created based simply on what would look like a valid reference. If you ask an AI tool to provide a list of references or readings, the list it provides may not be real.
How do I reference something created by generative AI?
This guidance is based on the latest advice for citing ChatGPT or other generative AI in APA style (April 7, 2023). This is interim advice only and subject to change.
APA recommend that you base the reference for generative AI content on the referencing guidance for
- Computer software.
Generative AI tools like ChatGPT cannot accurately cite their own sources. Any references they provide may be false or non-existent – you should always check the original source for any references that are generated.
References should provide clear and accurate information for each source and should identify where they have been used in your work. You may provide a copy of the output from generative AI in an appendix in your paper so readers have access to the exact text that was generated.
Where you have used generative AI to assist you with your assignment, you should acknowledge this. An acknowledgement might look something like this:
In other cases it may be more appropriate to acknowledge your use of generative AI tools in a way more akin to a “methods” section of a research paper:
This information is based on https://guides.library.uq.edu.au/referencing/chatgpt-and-generative-ai-tools and How to cite ChatGPT (APA 7 Style Blog).
Please check with your lecturer / subject coordinator in regards to the placement of your acknowledgement in your assignment. If no guidance is given, place the acknowledgement between the title and the first paragraph of your assignment.
More information about generative artificial intelligence:
|In your text, provide the prompt you used and any section of the relevant output that was generated in response, e.g. When prompted with "..." the ChatGPT generated text indicated "...." (OpenAI, 2023).
Author, A. A. or Organisation as Author. (Year). Title of program (Version) [Description of form]. Publisher. https://xxxxxx
OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT (Mar 14 version) [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com/chat
Source: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., pp. 338–340).