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Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Students

This guide for students covers how Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be used responsibly and ethically in their work, how to critically evaluate content created by generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT), and how to acknowledge and cite AI.


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Brenda Smith
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Unless otherwise stated, "Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Students" by Brenda Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). It is adapted from "Artificial Intelligence" by Ulrike Kestler, used under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.


Note to students

Before using ChatGPT or other generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, always make sure to check with your professor for each course to find out if you can use AI, and if so, what exactly is permitted for a specific assignment.

If you are permitted to use ChatGPT or similar AI, be sure to:

  • evaluate the content/output carefully and critically. Content produced may contain incorrect or biased and therefore unreliable information. These tools may also infringe on your privacy (e.g., collecting data about you and sharing it), so use them with caution. Consider using more authoritative, reliable, and secure sources instead
  • make sure to cite the information you use in the text and in the reference list. We also recommend adding an acknowledgement that you used AI