If you use generative AI at any stage of the process, cite it.

Beware of “Paraphrasing” Incorrectly, which is equivalent to not doing your own work

The following excerpt between the lines is from a news magazine The Week that compiles perspectives. Its style of using quotes is NOT appropriate for academic writing. If your job were to paraphrase (or summarize) it, what would you do? Look below the original to see common, but illegal, student choices. “Illegal” means Do NOT do it that way.

Original Text:
Whatever its imperfections, said Bloomberg in an editorial, ChatGPT is the latest sign of a true artificial intelligence “revolution.” Its creators acknowledge that it “sometimes offers answers that are precise, authoritative, and utterly wrong.” But as it develops, the value of this kind of AI to the “knowledge economy could be profound.” Though we’re just starting to see what AI can do, we’ve seen enough to know that it “heralds a very different world in the making.”

“Machine Intelligence: A Conversation with the Future.” (December 23, 2022). THE Week, p.20.

Illegal option 1: Change some of the words

Its developers admit that the answers often appear accurate but are actually wrong. Nevertheless, this kind of AI is constantly getting better and signals a new world in the future.

Illegal option 2: Copy key words/ideas exactly and compress them

ChatGPT is the latest sign of true artificial intelligence, so its value could be profound.

Illegal option 3: Ask ChatGPT to summarize it

Bloomberg’s editorial notes that while ChatGPT has some flaws, it symbolizes a significant AI revolution. Its creators admit it can provide accurate yet incorrect answers. As it evolves, its potential value to the knowledge economy is substantial. Despite our limited understanding of AI’s capabilities, it’s clear that ChatGPT signifies the emergence of a transformative new world.

Good Academic Option: Focus on the key finding and add in-text citation
Bloomberg is optimistic about the future of ChatGPT (cited in “Machine,” 2022).

Use In-text Citations

In-text citations should be used whether you summarize, paraphrase or quote. Check the stylesheet you are using for how to do an in-text citation either parenthetically as in MLA or APA or as a superscript.

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