How to cite AI-generated content in APA 7 Style

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become increasingly prevalent in various aspects of academic research and writing. As AI-generated content becomes more common, it’s essential to understand how to cite such content using APA 7 or other styles.

Citing AI-Generated Text

When citing AI-generated text, the creator of the AI model, in the case of ChatGPT being OpenAI, should be credited as the author. The APA Style team suggests treating AI-generated text as an “algorithm’s output” (APA Style Team, n.d.). Both in-text citations and full citations in the reference list are required.

In-Text Citations

For in-text citations, the company name (OpenAI) and the year accessed are used, for example:

(OpenAI, 2023).

A specific example of using AI-generated text in a sentence is:

ChatGPT was utilised to assess the themes in Emily Dickinson’s poetry and identified “love, death, and religion” as predominant themes (OpenAI, 2023).

Reference List Citations

For the reference list, the format is:

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT 4(Mar 23 version) [Large language model].

Acknowledging the use of AI-generated content and ensuring proper citation is crucial. This practice upholds academic integrity and offers accurate information about the sources utilised in one’s work.

In conclusion, to cite AI-generated content in APA 7 style, credit the AI model’s creator as the author with both in-text and full reference list citations. As AI progresses, it is pivotal to stay abreast of current citation guidelines and adapt citations as necessary.


APA Style Team. (n.d.). How to cite ChatGPT.

Dalhousie University Libraries. (n.d.). Citing AI in APA style.

Seneca Libraries. (n.d.). Citing AI in APA style.

LibGuides at McMaster University. (n.d.). Citing AI in APA style.



2 responses to “How to cite AI-generated content in APA 7 Style”

  1. Siya kapoor Avatar

    In summary, when citing AI-generated content in APA 7 style, it’s important to attribute the AI model’s creator as the author in both in-text citations and the full reference list. As AI technology evolves, it’s crucial to stay updated on the latest citation guidelines and adjust citations accordingly to ensure accuracy and compliance.

  2. Craig Avatar

    Thanks Siya, this is very helpful

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