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Acknowledging the use of AI

Acknowledging the use of AI tools in research is crucial for transparency and integrity. It adds a new dimension to the research process, influencing how information is generated and interpreted. Clearly stating the involvement of AI not only upholds academic honesty but also allows peers and educators to understand the unique methodology, contributing to an open and collaborative academic culture.

Incorporating AI tools into assignments necessitates a clear acknowledgment of their use. This practice fosters an environment where the intersection of AI and academia is openly discussed, promoting a deeper understanding of the transformative impact these tools have on learning and research.

How to Acknowledge the use of AI

Regardless of which type of AI tool you use, you should acknowledge somewhere in your works cited page or another location specified by your instructor the use of AI. 

Your acknowledgement should include the following: 

  • A statement indicating the use of generative AI
  • Specify the tool used 
  • A description of how information was generated
  • Identify the prompt(s) used
  • Explain the output's role in the work

Formatting your Acknowledgement

Below is a pre-formatted example of what an AI acknowledgement could look like. 

I acknowledge the use of [insert AI system(s) and link] to [specific use of generative artificial intelligence]. The prompts used include [list of prompts]. The output from these prompts was used to [explain use].

See below for acknowledgement examples on various types of content and situations. 


I acknowledge the use of ChatGPT 3.5, November 21 version ( generate a brief description of 1-2 sentences describing the purpose of a LibGuide on artificial intelligence. I entered the following prompt on November 28, 2023:

  • Original Prompt: Good afternoon! Before we get started, I want you to understand the scope of what I need. I'm creating a Springshare LibGuide on Artificial Intelligence resources for teaching faculty that will be maintained by a university library. The purpose of the guide is to provide teaching faculty with resources on what artificial intelligence is, how artificial intelligence is used, how it can be used, AI and academic integrity, and how to cite work created using artificial intelligence.
  • Follow-Up Prompt: Great! I need to write a brief description of 1-2 sentences to give further insight into what the guide is about. 
  • Follow-Up Prompt: Excellent. Now I want you to rewrite the above description using a more neutral tone. 

The output from this prompt was refined and used as the description of a library resource guide on artificial intelligence.

I acknowledge the use of Bing Image Creator powered by DALL-E ( generate an image of a large library. I entered the following prompt on November 28, 2023:

  • "A library as the center for learning"

The output from these prompts was used as a decorative image on a library resource guide on artificial intelligence.

I acknowledge the use of Claude ( improve the organization and academic tone of my CV. I uploaded the text of my CV through Claude's attach a file feature and I entered the following prompt on September 29, 2023:

  • "For the attached document, suggest potential revisions to improve the organization of information and academic voice."

The output from these prompts was used to edit my draft CV. I used the suggestions to reorder some content and break up other sections of text to improve organization and the overall tone of the document.

No AI tools/technologies were used in the completion of this assignment.

References and Further Resources

Information is modeled on AI policies from Monash University (Australia) and adapted from Newman University LibGuides.

Monash University. (n.d.). Policy and practice guidance around acceptable and responsible use of AI technologies. Retrieved August 1, 2023.

Newman University. (2023). AI-Generated Content: Student AI Disclosures. Retrieved November 28, 2023. 


This LibGuide page was developed by the PASCAL Training Working Group with some assistance from ChatGPT, a language model created by OpenAI.

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