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Is using a ChatBot plagiarism?

Is Using ChatGPT considered plagiarism?


With some of the new AI tools being developed a common question students have is whether using ChatGPT to create content is plagiarism.  We asked ChatGPT that very question.

Question prompt: 

There is a lot of discussion about how people should interact with chat AI technology and whether answers they give should be considered plagiarism or not. What is your view on this?

ChatGPT Answer:

As an AI language model, I do not have personal views or beliefs. However, I can provide some context and information on the topic of whether using answers generated by chat AI technology constitutes plagiarism.

Plagiarism is defined as the act of using someone else's work or ideas without giving proper credit or attribution. In the case of using answers generated by chat AI technology, it can be argued that it is not plagiarism because the answers are not the work of a single individual, but rather the result of a complex algorithm that draws from a vast amount of data and sources.

However, it is important to note that using chat AI technology to generate answers without proper citation or attribution could still be considered unethical or academically dishonest, particularly if the user is trying to pass off the answers as their own original work. In academic settings, it is generally expected that students and researchers provide proper citation and attribution for any sources they use, whether those sources are generated by chat AI technology or not.

What does this mean for student researchers?

If you choose to use ChatGPT or some other AI technology for writing, be sure you are transparent about your use of it with your teachers. Rules for citing ChatGPT are not yet fully established. It has been recommended that the information is cited similar to a personal communication of some kind (emails, phone conversations, text messages, etc.)  Cite the communicator's name, the phrase "personal communication," and the date of the communication in your text only" for APA style. Visit this page for additional help

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Example: (Chat, GPT, personal communication," Feb. 22, 2023).

Ultimately, the ethical use of chat AI technology depends on the context in which it is being used and the expectations of the individuals or organizations involved. It is important for users to understand the potential implications of using chat AI technology and to approach its use with honesty and integrity.