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AI in information retrieval

Check list for ethical use of AI tools

  • Always follow the instructions given to you during a course, this guide is for general use only and may differ from the course guidelines and instructions.
  • If you use AI-generated text or images in your work, you must cite the AI tool used to generate the information.
    • Do not present AI-generated text as your own, be clear that the text or image was created using AI tools and cite the AI tools used. 
  • If you use AI tools to help you find information (e.g. Semantic Scholar Google Scholar) and you read and summarize the sources you have found yourself, you do not need to cite the AI tool used in your information searching, but you will still have to cite the sources found and used in your summary. Please remember to follow course guidelines for reporting the use of AI tools, as they may differ from the ones in this guide. 
  • Critically evaluate the answers provided by AI tools and remember you are responsible for the accuracy and correctness of the information in your work.
  • Read the privacy policy and the terms of use carefully. Note that some AI companies collect user generated data and use it to further train the AI model. So make sure that the text you are entering to the AI tools does not contain sensitive or confidential data (personal data, business secrets, etc.). 
  • AI companies rarely disclose what kind of data is used to train their AI tools. The data used to train the AI tools may contain errors or it might be biased. The perspectives of certain groups may be underrepresented or missing altogether. 
  • In some cases, AI tools may use online material without the permission of the authors. Respecting copyright is part of good academic practice, which is why it is very important to be critical of the use of AI tools in academic work.