Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Chatbots are a hot topic now due to the release of ChatGPT in late 2022. ChatGPT is an A.I. tool that can generate human sounding text in response to a question or prompt. It can make up a poem, write song lyrics, or craft an argument. However, the information produced is not always accurate or even real. There have been many reports of ChatGPT producing incorrect information, fabricating citations, and creating disinformation.
What does this mean? It is imperative that we know how to fact check, detect A.I. generated content, and locate original sources from citations. In this guide you'll find tips and tools to help you. Check out all of the library's How to Guides for more tools to help you improve your research skills and find reliable information.
This guide discusses how to verify information generated from ChatGPT, however the use of this tool and other similar tools, may be prohibited for your coursework.
Each instructor and assignment may have different requirements and permissions regarding the use of AI tools. It is crucial to check with your instructor about their specific policy before using these tools for your coursework.
If your instructor has permitted the use of AI, be sure to cite it as a source when paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting text or using images. Always check with your instructor if you are unsure of how to cite AI. Here is an example of how to cite AI.
Failure to cite AI or disclose the use of AI when prohibited may be considered cheating, academic dishonesty, or plagiarism and may result in a failing grade or another consequence as outlined in section 2.3.11 of the Maricopa Community College District’s Administrative Regulations.