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Citing Sources

Tips on citing sources from the DI Library

Citing AI Tools

If you use text or an image generated by an artificial intelligence (AI) tool, you need to include an in-text citation and a corresponding entry in the Works Cited list. The format for the Works Cited list entry is:

Title of Source. Title of Container, version, Publisher, Date, Location.


There are six elements of the citation:

  • Title of Source: a description of what was generated by the AI tool, which may include information about the prompt if you didn't explain it in your text.
  • Title of Container: the name of the tool (ChatGPT, DALL-E, etc.), with the version in parentheses
  • Version: the version as it's listed on the website of the tool or company, which may be a date (e.g., March 14 version) or a version number (e.g., version 2.3)
  • Publisher: the company that created the tool
  • Date: the date the content was generated
  • Location: the URL (web address) of the tool

Here's an example:

“Describe the symbolism of the green light in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald” prompt. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version, OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023,


Not sure about the name of the company?

Do a quick search for the name of the tool plus "Wikipedia" (e.g.: DALL-E Wikipedia). The first line of the Wikipedia entry will likely include the company name. For example, here's the first line of the DALL-E article on Wikipedia:

DALL-E (stylized as DALL·E), DALL-E 2, and DALL-E 3 are text-to-image models developed by OpenAI using deep learning methodologies to generate digital images from natural language descriptions, called "prompts".

OpenAI is the name of the company that created that tool.