Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2023     Views: 223

Generative AI tools can be asked to provide references or citations. These are often created based on what a valid reference would look like. If you ask an AI tool to provide a list of references or readings, the list it provides may not be genuine.

When using generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, don’t assume they are reliable sources of information. Always check and verify the outputs using trusted sources.  

It is not possible to know what exact sources have been consulted, which means it is difficult to tell if the responses you get are based on reliable and valid research.  

Generative AI tools may generate made up facts which are presented as true.

The information generated by AI tools is often very general and shallow, and usually won’t give the right level of detail for your studies.

The rise in popularity of generative AI may mean that it is easier for misinformation to spread.

AI tools are being used to generate entirely fabricated photographs, audio, and media, for example ‘deep fake’ videos of public figures.

Developing your critical thinking skills can help you to evaluate and question information.

For more information view our library guide: Generative AI Literacy