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Please Note: An account is required to use ChatGPT. You will need to provide an email address and password to create an account and log in.
When Using ChatGPT
Always double check information and sources given to you by ChatGPT.
Remember that ChatGPT is a great partner, but will still make major mistakes.
Hallucinations by AI are very real - ChatGPT will make up facts to provide an answer to your query.
Using ChatGPT as your own work is plagiarism, and is against the University's policy.
Using ChatGPT as a Student
ChatGPT can be used in multiple ways to assist students in their learning. Check out some of the ways ChatGPT can help below:
- Creating Study Guides & Practice Questions
- ChatGPT, when provided a detailed prompt, can create study guides, practice questions for tests and quizzes, and prompts to assist in learning concepts.
- Spelling & Grammar Feedback
- ChatGPT can provide simple spelling and grammar edits. Additionally, the reasoning behind why changes were made can be highlighted.
- Research Assistance
- Jumpstart online research by asking ChatGPT to compile online resources. Compare the information provided with what you found on your own internet search to enable you use a wide variety of resources.
- Generating Keywords, Related Terms, & Synonyms
- Have ChatGPT assist you in gathering keywords and related search terms to use both for Google and other online searches, as well as searching the library's databases.
- Language Translation
- ChatGPT can assist non-native speakers by translating materials into their preferred language, provide simple translations, and more.
ChatGPT is Not Good For
- Listing Resources to use as Final Sources
- Ask ChatGPT for general sources, not specific sources with citations. This is because ChatGPT is based on a Large Language Model, and doesn't have the ability to match relevant sources with a specific topic. It might be okay with some topics and sources, but it might also fabricate sources that do not exist.
- Summarizing Particular Sources & Writing Materials
- While it might be tempting to ask ChatGPT to summarize the main points in a long article or book chapter; or even to write a refection response. But, depending on the topic, the availability of data, or the complexity of the topic, ChatGPT may summarize the wrong source, provide inaccurate summaries, or make-up concepts entirely.
- Don't Expect ChatGPT to Know Current Events
- ChatGPT's knowledge is based on datasets that were available before September of 2021. Therefore, events that have happened after September of 2021 have not been added into the coding, and as such, ChatGPT will make up facts, figures, and information.
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