ChatGPT is envisioned as a tool that will replace human labor on tasks such as writing papers for students or professionals. But ChatGPT can also be used to support human work, and research is a classic example.
Whether you’re working on a research paper for school or doing market research for your job, starting the research process and finding the right sources can be challenging and time-consuming.
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ChatGPT and other AI chatbots can help by reducing the time spent searching for sources, allowing you to move more quickly to the actual reading and research part of your work.
Choosing the right chatbot
Before we begin, it’s important to understand the limitations of using ChatGPT. Since ChatGPT is not connected to the Internet, it will not be able to give you access to information or resources after 2021 and it will not be able to provide you with a direct link to the source of the information.
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Asking a chatbot to provide you with links to a topic of interest to you is very valuable. If you want to do that, I recommend using an internet-connected chatbot, such as Bing Chat, Claude, ChatGPT Plus or Perplexity.
This how-to guide will use ChatGPT as an example of how to use prompts, but the principles are the same for whatever chatbot you choose.
Nice, here is the MLA citation for the web link “How to use ChatGPT to write essays” on ZDNET, accessed September 15:
“How to Use ChatGPT to Write an Essay.” ZDNET, https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-use-chatgpt-to-write-an-essay/. Accessed 15 September 2023.
If you used something other than the website as a source, such as a book or textbook, you can still ask ChatGPT to provide a citation. The only difference is that you have to input some information manually.