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Critical Information Literacy: ChatGPT

Navigating Academic Integrity, Anti-Plagiarism, AI Language Models, Critical Thinking, and Referencing Styles


ChatGPT is an AI language model designed to generate human-like text responses and engage in conversational interactions. Its purpose is to provide natural language processing capabilities for various applications, including chatbots, virtual assistants, customer support systems, and interactive user interfaces.

ChatGPT Access

Visit the OpenAI website ( and find the ChatGPT section to access ChatGPT. As far as I'm aware, OpenAI offers both free and paid subscription options for ChatGPT as of September 2021. Please take note that since then, the specific information and offerings may have changed.

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Pros and Cons of ChatGPT


  • Natural and engaging conversational abilities
  • Broad range of topic understanding and response generation
  • Adaptability to various conversational contexts
  • Continual learning and improvement through user interactions


  • Potential for generating incorrect or misleading information
  • Limited ability to handle complex queries or nuanced contexts
  • Lack of real-time feedback or critical thinking capabilities
  • Vulnerability to biased or inappropriate responses

How to paraphrase and evaluate ChatGpt content

 Paraphrasing ChatGPT content can help ensure originality and integration of AI-generated text into academic work. Consider the following steps:

  • Understand and extract the main ideas from the ChatGPT response.
  • Rewrite the text in your own words, maintaining the core meaning and properly citing any ideas or phrases derived from ChatGPT.
  • Evaluate the paraphrased content for clarity, accuracy, and coherence.
  • Cross-reference the paraphrased content with reputable sources to validate the information and ensure accuracy.

How to Reference CahtGPT

If you need to cite ChatGPT or similar AI models, it is generally recommended to cite the organization or research paper associated with the model rather than attributing authorship to the model itself. For instance, you can cite the following paper:

Using ChatGPT for Academic Purposes

When using ChatGPT for academic purposes, it's important to keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Treat ChatGPT as a tool for generating ideas, but not as a substitute for thorough research or critical thinking.
  • Verify and cross-reference the information provided by ChatGPT with reliable academic sources.
  • Use ChatGPT to assist in brainstorming, gathering initial insights, or exploring different perspectives on a topic.
  • Cite and attribute information properly, ensuring that any content derived from ChatGPT is clearly acknowledged as generated by an AI language model.

Useful Information

Elsevier has officially declared its author's guideline for an AI Bot like ChatGPT by announcing their "New author policy on AI and AI-assisted tools in scientific writing." Among the policy points: - "Authors should not list AI and AI-assisted technologies as an author or co-author or cite AI as an author. "

Refer to the Facebook link below for more information.


ChatGPT Access