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MLA Citation and Paper Formatting Guide (MLA 8th Edition): ChatGPT

Below, you will find examples of ChatGPT citations in MLA format. Keep in mind that instructors have differing opinions about student use of ChatGPT -- you should always defer to individual instructor guidelines and assignment prompts when writing your papers.


MLA suggests creating a Works Cited entry for any responses you quote or paraphrase from ChatGPT, as well as an in-text citation at the point where you include it in your text.

The Works Cited entry starts with the title (the specific prompt you used, in quotation marks). Then write “ChatGPT” and the date of the version you used, “OpenAI,” the date when you received the response, and the general URL of the tool.

The in-text citation consists of a shortened version of the title (shortened to three words) in quotation marks.

MLA ChatGPT citations


“Text of prompt” prompt. ChatGPT, Day Month version, OpenAI, Day Month Year,

Works Cited example:

“Tell me about confirmation bias” prompt. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version, OpenAI, 16 Feb. 2023,

In-text example:

(“Tell me about”)


MLA advises that if you use an AI tool like ChatGPT or Bing AI to locate sources and then use those sources in your work (rather than using the AI-generated text itself), you only need to cite the sources you actually used, not the AI tool used to find them.

MLA also states that if you used an AI tool to edit your writing or translate words, you should acknowledge this at an appropriate point in your text or in a note.

Source: ChatGPT Citations | Formats & Examples (

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