Citation Information: Citing Generative AI

This guide will point you to many resources that will help you create and manage your citations. A variety of styles will be addressed.

Guidance On ChatGPT and Generative AI Citations

How To Cite ChatGPT and Generative AI Tools in MLA, APA, and Chicago

The start of 2023 brought to the public a wave of AI related tools. Depending on how you are using these tools you might need to cite them in your research. Because many of these tools are extremely new formal citation styles like MLA and APA have not yet added guidance to their published manuals.

This is common! Citation is always evolving as new types of items emerge to cite. Both MLA and APA are actual organizations which work year round to streamline and add new items to their recommended styles. The manuals for each represent the current guidance but there is a whole process before a citation style format reaches the manual.

One step in that process is interim guidance which can usually be found on the style blogs.

For example the MLA interim guidance for citing a generative AI tool that generates text like ChatGPT or one that generates a visual image like DALL-E can be found at this link on the MLA blog.

You can also email APA at to pose a question if you do not see answers on the sites above.

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