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Homepage / Referencing the use of generative AI in your work

Referencing the use of generative AI in your work


We recognise that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has, and will increasingly, become a part of our everyday lives and that we need to adapt to it. Hopefully you will have already seen the provisional guidance for staff and students that has been published on the University intranet.

It is provisional as we recognise that we are at the beginning of a long journey and over time our position may change. It’s a journey that we are on together and we have much to learn about how to embrace the opportunities that AI will present in education and research and beyond, how to adapt to it, how to avoid misuse and how to provide effective support and guidance.​​
You may use generative AI tools to help you produce your University work. However, they must be used intelligently, transparently and you must avoid an over-reliance on them. If you decide to use them, Library staff have developed advice to ensure that you acknowledge their use, and reference any outputs generated by such tools.
The new advice page on our website covers the following points:

Please note that this advice is also provisional and will also change over time, so please refer back to it often in case we make any updates.

If you have any questions about referencing AI in your work, please get in touch with us.


An example of an output produced by a generative AI tool

A computer generated image of a pink and blue landscape. The sky is blue with a full moon. There are smooth, rounded, futuristic, low-rise, pink buildings in the distance to the left.

Image created by generative AI Craiyon.


Craiyon was used to create the above image.

The prompt used was: landscape in a futuristic style

The category chosen was ‘Art’

Citation in an APA7 style:

Craiyon. (2024, January 22). Craiyon [AI Image Generator].



Banner image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Written By: Karyn Meaden-Pratt

Karyn is the Library Communications Manager and University Archivist.

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