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MLA Citation Style: Artificial Intelligence

The purpose of this guide is to help you cite your sources using the MLA Style (8th edition). You will find some useful examples and tips for organizing your work.

Citing Artificial Intelligence

General Guidelines:

Information and examples from MLA Style Center.

Author: It is not recommended to treat an AI tool as an author.

Title: Describe what was generated by the AI tool. This may involve including information about the prompt in the Title of Source element if you have not done so in the text. 

Title of Container: Use the Title of Container element to name the AI tool (e.g., ChatGPT).

Version: Name the version of the AI tool as specifically as possible (e. g. ChatGPT 3.5). 

Publisher: Name of the company that created the tool.

Date: Provide the date the content was generated.

Location: URL of the tool.

More information here.


Quoting Text:  “Describe the symbolism of the green light in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald” prompt. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version, OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023,
Citing Creative Visual Works:

Fig. 1. “Pointillist painting of a sheep in a sunny field of blue flowers” prompt, DALL-E, version 2, OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023,

Quoting Creative Textual Works: “The Sunflower” villanelle about a sunflower. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version, OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023,