Remember that according to Brandeis's Academic Integrity guidelines, "Student submitted work must be the product of that student’s own thought or study with proper attribution and citation," so if you are using an AI tool, whether ChatGPT, DALL-E, or any other generative tool, you will need to cite it appropriately, as the information needs attribution.
Most plagiarism is unintentional, but it's still considered an infringement of academic honesty. See Section 4 of Student Rights and Responsibilities for more information.
You can avoid unintentional plagiarism by citing your sources correctly.
But why? Remember that along with proving that you're not plagiarizing, citation also provides two other major purposes in academic work: giving credit to the author or creator, and making sure that the next scholar reading your work can locate the sources used in your research. If you use a generative AI tool, providing a citation helps to give credit to where an answer came from--both as evidence of what kind of LLM is the creator, and helping others understand what source you're consulting in your research.
Jump straight to our style-by-style outlines for Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, APA, and other major styles (coming soon, as they're updated) using the left-hand navigation tabs.
Currently Zotero and EndNote do not have an option for generating a citation for AI-generated content, so you will have to hand-write your citations.
We've included guidelines from the major citation styles below but be aware that this world is changing quickly, and citation styles may lag behind. If you're not sure how to cite something, reach out to your professor or instructor.
Current intellectual property and copyright laws are still catching up to AI and LLM usage. The US Federal Government is working on creating legislation about copyright and AI, and some pieces have gone into effect, but others are still in flux. Please consider the source or usage of your LLM/generative AI output and input carefully.
Many AI tools will also often take and use your prompt data to help improve the software.
Assume that any prompts and information you put into the tool will become part of the tool, and therefore public.