How do I cite ChatGPT & Other AI Tools in MLA Style?


As AI changes and develops, the answer to this may change or become outdated.  


This is MLA’s guidance as of March 17, 2023:

  • Start with the prompt, yes the full prompt, as the source title.   
  • ChatGPT or other generative AI should not be treated as the author according to MLA.  
  • Instead, place it after the prompt and include the version number or name. 
  • Then the name of the company that produced the tool as the publisher.
  • Follow this with the date the item was produced.
  • Finish with a link to the tool’s main website.  As of now there is no way to create a specific link to AI generated materials.


“Prompt Text” prompt. AI Tool Name, Version Number/Name, Company Name, Date of Creation (formatted Day, Mon. Year), URL.


“Describe a rose in 2 paragraphs” prompt. ChatGPT, 25 Sept. version, OpenAI, 26 Sept. 2023,


If you have a long prompt or multiple prompts, speak with your professor about abbreviating it or placing the full text of the prompts in an appendix.


In-text, shorten the prompt to the first 2-3 words.

(“Describe a rose”).


For more information, see MLA’s full announcement.


If you need further help, contact a librarian.


  • Last Updated Oct 12, 2023
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  • Answered By Elizabeth Clarke

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