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AI in the Classroom

This guide covers artificial intelligence in the classroom, including how to incorporate AI into assignments and academic integrity issues that may arise from students' use of AI tools.

Citing OpenAI

How to cite ChatGPT

APA Style:

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT (Mar 14 version) [Large language model].

In-text citations:

  • Parenthetical citation: (OpenAI, 2023)
  • Narrative citation: OpenAI (2023)

In the example above, note that:

  • The author of the model is OpenAI
  • The date is the year of the version you used (you do not need the exact date)
  • While ChatGPT has different versions (i.e., ChatGPT-3, ChatGPT-4), Chat GPT is the general name of the model
    • The version is included after the title, in parentheses (see above example)
  • Bracketed text identifies information sources outside the typical peer-review system
  • When the publisher name and the author name are the same, do not repeat the publisher name in the source element of the reference, go directly to the URL.
  • APA encourages including prompts and outputs in an appendix​

MLA Style

"Describe the symbolism of the green light in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald” prompt. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version, OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023,

  • In-text citation, using the example above: ("Describe the symbolism) 

In the example above note that:

  • MLA does not recommend treating the AI tool as an author
  • For the title, describe what was generated by the AI tool in parentheses followed by the word:  prompt
  • Name the container the information is from:  ex. ChatGPT and the specific version date
  • Name the company that made the tool
  • Give the date the content was generated
  • Give the general URL to the tool

Additional documenting suggestions:

  • Include prompts and outputs in an appendix​
  • Include a reflection on how you (the writer) used the AI prompts


McAdoo, T. (2023, April 7). How to cite ChatGPT. Https://Apastyle.Apa.Org.

How do I cite generative AI in MLA style? (2023, March 17). MLA Style Center.

Nguyen, K. (n.d.). LibGuides: ChatGPT guides: ChatGPT Citations. Retrieved June 1, 2023, from


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