You may be starting to use AI chatbots (e.g., ChatGPT) to generate the reference list for a piece of assessed work.

Do not do this!

Why not?

ChatGPT often does not refer to real sources : it often creates fake sources that do not exist.

What happens if I submit a fake ChatGPT generated reference list?

Your faculty will notice immediately that your reference list is fake. At the very least, you may get a low grade for your assessed work. You may also face an Academic Misconduct panel and possible sanctions for a breach of Academic Integrity.


What should I do to create quality work for an assessment?

If you create in the following way, you will produce work you can be proud of:

  1. Use library databases (or other faculty recommended sources) to access reliable valid information.
  2. Evaluate your sources to select the best material for your purposes.
  3. Develop your critical thinking skills – Do not just accept what you read, try to identify weaknesses, contrasting viewpoints.
  4. Build your argument, support your arguments with the information from the sources.
  5. Summarize, paraphrase thoroughly your source material and credit it ethically and correctly using APA7 style in-text citations and end of text reference list. Use Zotero or Zoterobib to create your in-text citations and end of text reference list.
  6. Even Zotero is not 100% accurate so check your citations and reference list against these APA7 template examples created by the Library.


Guidelines for using AI-generated text

If you would like to use an AI chatbot to help you with the outline of your work or organizing your ideas

  1. Always verify and fact-check the information provided by AI models to ensure accuracy.
  2. Remember that AI-generated text has limitations, so it’s crucial to understand and interpret it in the appropriate context: apply your critical thinking skills.
  3. When incorporating AI-generated text into your work, attribute it properly to maintain transparency. Use APA7 referencing style. This Library page shows you how.
  4. Avoid malicious or harmful uses of AI-generated content and instead use it as a tool to enhance your own creativity and productivity.
  5. Stay updated on the latest advancements and ethical considerations in AI-generated text to ensure responsible use.

This information has been created by LIS to help you create excellent quality work for assessments and to use AI generated text ethically and transparently if you decide to use AI chatbots.

If you have any questions or comments about the contents, please contact us or feel free to submit a comment.