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Welcome to the RIT Libraries InfoGuide on AI Tools for Scholarly Research!

This guide serves as an introduction to using AI tools for research purposes, as well as how to cite these tools. Please check back regularly as we update this guide with new information and tools to try.

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Pros and Cons of AI Tools

Research Utilizing Prompt Engineering w/ ChatGPT, Bing, etc.

A method for gathering information with targeted, detailed queries.


  • Explore topics and generate keywords
  • Gather information (depending on the tool)
  • Save time brainstorming
  • Can assist with creating project outlines
  • Broaden and diversify language/vocabulary


  • Potential use for plagiarism/accidental plagiarism from unknown sources
  • Sometimes provides incorrect information/hallucinates sources
  • Bias due to crawling the web
  • Ethical concerns

Pros and Cons of AI Generated Content

AI-Generated Content

Materials created by machine - content created after a prompt or user input


  • Quick and easy way to generate content (art, search terms, etc.)
  • Great way to practice your research skills and lateral reading
  • Continues to improve in quality of answers as more users use these tools


  • Creates an additional step as all content must be verified and cited separately
  • Incorrect or misinformation - Accuracy limitations due to relying on patterns
  • Training data behind - only up to 2021 in certain programs

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