Skip to Main Content

MLA Citation Guide (MLA 9th edition) CGS

What is generative AI?

Generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) describes algorithms that can be used to create new content including text, audio, code, images, and videos using machine learning from data patterns.

Examples of generative AI:

  • OpenAI's ChatGPT
  • OpenAI's DALL-E
  • Google's Bard
  • Microsoft's Bing

Before using generative AI in course assignments

Before making use of any generative AI tool (such as Chat GPT) for class assignments, consult your instructor and your syllabus for guidance on class policies regarding using, quoting, and citing generative AI.

Some possible examples of how you might use generative AI include:

  • citing or referencing in the text or list of references
  • inclusion in your methodology
  • an appendix including a full transcript of any prompts and AI-generated responses

Whichever citation style you use, you need to cite sources that contributed to your ideas, written work, images, video or other products you create. That means including:

  • ChatBot or generative AI website
  • date or version of the model
  • prompt used

Generative AI

"Prompt Given to Chatbot" prompt. Title of the AI tool, version of AI tool, Chatbot Publisher, Date content was generated, URL for the tool or conversation.

Works Cited List Example

"Describe the symbolism of Anne's red hair in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery" prompt. ChatGPT, 24 May version, OpenAI, 12 June 2023, 
In-Text Citation Example

(Title of prompt)

Note: can be shortened from full prompt

Example: ("Describe the symbolism")