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APA Style (7th ed.)

Citing Generative AI

Do I need to cite content generated by artificial intelligence?

Yes. Whenever using information or ideas from any source, including AI, you need to include a citation. This allows readers to see and evaluate your information sources. 

Please note:

  • Representing content generated by artificial intelligence as your own is a violation of UWW's Academic Misconduct policy
  • Confirm that your instructor allows AI tools like ChatGPT to help complete your assignments

As of August 2023, the following are the recommendations from the major citation styles for citing  Artificial Intelligence tools such as ChatGPT. Since this technology is still under development, these recommendations are subject to change. 

Key Elements

  1. AI tool publisher
  2. Year: This is the year of the AI tool version you used, not the date the response was generated.
  3. AI tool title
  4. Version
  5. AI format: Use [Large language model]
  6. Tool URL (not the URL for the prompt)

See the APA Style Blog for additional guidance.


General format: AI tool publisher period open parenthesis publication year close parenthesis period in italics AI tool non italics open parenthesis version close parenthesis open bracket AI format close bracket period AI tool URL Example description: OpenAI period open parenthesis 2023 close parenthesis period in italics ChatGPT non italics open parenthesis Mar 14 version close parenthesis open bracket Large language model close bracket period https colon forward slash forward slash chat period openai period com forward slash chat

In-text Citation

Parenthetical citation: (OpenAI, 2023)

Narrative citation: OpenAI (2023)

The in-text citations and references above are adapted from the reference template for software in Section 10.10 of the Publication Manual (American Psychological Association, 2020, Chapter 10).