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ChatGPT and AI in Library Research

What is ChatGPT?


What ChatGPT Is

ChatGPT is a text-based conversational agent that utilizes advanced machine learning algorithms, one of several new Large Language Models (LLMs) to generate human-like responses. It is designed to assist you in various tasks and provide information in a fluent, coherent manner.  To use ChatGPT you will need to sign up for a free account at OpenAI

Important Points:

  • Fluent in Language: ChatGPT can read and write text in a way that is very similar to a human, making it a versatile tool for many language-based tasks.

  • Versatile: Whether you need help with academic research, drafting content, or generating creative writing, ChatGPT is designed to assist in a wide range of activities.

  • Text-Based Interaction: You interact with ChatGPT solely through text. You provide a text prompt, and it replies in kind.

What ChatGPT is NOT

While ChatGPT is powerful and versatile, it's important to understand its limitations.

Important Points:

  • Not a Search Engine: ChatGPT doesn't have real-time access to the internet or databases. It can't perform searches or provide the most current data.

  • Not Infallible: It can make mistakes, including providing incorrect or misleading information. Always cross-reference facts and data.

By understanding these basic aspects, students and faculty can set realistic expectations and make more effective use of ChatGPT in an academic setting.





ChatGPT provided assistance in the generation of text on this guide.  All text was edited and evaluated before inclusion.