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Library Student Guide to ChatGPT

What is ChatGPT good for and not good for?

Remember, you'll always need to verify the information, because ChatGPT will sometimes make things ups (known as "hallucination.")

What is it good for?

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Narrowing your topic ideas for a research paper, and keywords for searching in library databases.
  • Explaining information in ways that are easy to understand
  • Summarizing and outlining
  • Asking questions (be sure to fact check the results) 
  • Translating text to different languages (not completely fluent in every language)
  • Helping write or debug computing code
  • Humor and improvisation

What is it not so good for?

  • Library research (not yet). For now, it's best to use Library search, Library databases, or Google Scholar
  • Asking for any information that would have dire consequences if it was incorrect (such as health, financial, legal advice, and so on). This is because of its tendency to sometimes make up answers, but still sound very confident.

Tutorials on ChatGPT and Generative AI

To learn more, try these tutorials about ChatGPT.  They contain short videos (3 min or less), and quiz questions for self-review of what you learned.

  1. The technology behind ChatGPT
  2. How does ChatGPT aim to prevent harmful use?
  3. What is generative AI?
  4. Using ChatGPT effectively