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Generative AI information for students

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools (e.g. ChatGPT)

This advice is as of 15th May, 2023

Generative AI tools can be used to create content such as text, images or music. For more information, read about the use of generative AI tools for your studies on the Academic Integrity and Turnitin page.

If you have used a generative AI tool in your assessment, you need to acknowledge this use as part of your commitment to academic integrity at SCU. Discuss with your Unit Assessor if you are not sure about how you can use generative AI tools in your studies.

The results of a ChatGPT “chat” are not retrievable by other readers, and nonretrievable data or quotations are usually cited as personal communications. However, with ChatGPT-generated text there is no person communicating. Quoting or referring to ChatGPT’s text is therefore more like sharing an algorithm’s output and the ‘author’ of the algorithm needs to be credited with a reference list entry and the corresponding in-text citation. 

Because the text response or other output is not retrievable, include it as an appendix, then refer readers to the appendix when you cite the AI generated output. In the appendix, include an acknowledgement statement explaining the generative AI tool (and version) that you used, how you have used the tool and the prompt that generated the specific response. 

Generative AI tools are an emerging technology, so this advice on how to reference your use of a generative AI tool may change. Keep checking this guide for updated information.

AI generated text

Elements of the reference
Title. Year. Place of publication: Publisher. Software: Platform. 

Note: if the place of publication is not known, omit this information.

In-text citation
(OpenAI 2023)
Reference list
ChatGPT. 2023. San Francisco: OpenAI. ChatGPT: Microsoft Windows  

AI generated images

Elements of the reference
Title. Year. Place of publication: Publisher. Software: Platform. 

Number and title/caption (above the image) 

Figure 1: The image was generated by DALL-E with the prompt ‘ballet dancer.’ 
Source (below the image)

Rule: Source: Adapted from Source (Year). 

Source: Adapted from DALL-E (2023). 
In-text citation
Figure 1 shows the use of generative AI using the prompt ‘ballet dancer’ (DALL-E 2023).  
Reference list
DALL-E. 2023. San Francisco: OpenAI. DALL-E: Microsoft Windows.