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Citations: Citing AI

Most important!

Above all, you must understand and follow your teacher's expectations for every assignment. 

Each teacher/class/department may have varied expectations for if and how you may use generative AI tools. 

Always ask your teacher if you are unsure how they would like you to cite AI-generated text!

More questions?

Reference this article from the official Chicago style website for further details and examples of how to incorporate AI-generated text into your papers and projects. Remember - it is only ok to use AI-generated content when specifically allowed by your teacher. 

Quoting text created by Generative AI in your paper

When you reproduce or quote text generated by AI, you should describe how you used the AI, including your prompt(s). Credit the AI-generated text in a footnote.  

Here's an example:

"When prompted with "How were Julius Caesar and Caesar August different?" the ChatGPT response provided details on four notable areas of difference between these Roman leaders. "While both Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus were influential figures in Roman history, they differed in their backgrounds, rise to power, leadership styles, and legacies." 1


1. Text generated by ChatGPT, OpenAI, October 8, 2023, https://chat.openai.com/chat.

Bibliography Entry

Currently, official Chicago style guidelines do not require bibliography entries for AI-generate text. 

When using Chicago style, give credit for the AI-generated content in a footnote. 


1. Text generated by Tool Name, Publisher, Date created, url.



1. Text generated by ChatGPT, OpenAI, March 7, 2023, https://chat.openai.com/chat.


When you don't describe the prompt in the text of your paper, your footnote should be like this: 

1. ChatGPT, response to "Explain how to write a sonnet," OpenAI, March 7, 2023, https://chat.openai.com/chat