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MLA - Referencing Guide

AI Generated Content


Guidelines for citing Copilot and other generative AI are given in the article How do I cite generative AI in MLA style? from the official style website.

cite a generative AI tool whenever you paraphrase, quote, or incorporate into your own work any content (whether text, image, data, or other) that it created

acknowledge all functional uses of the tool (like editing your prose or translating words) in a note, your text, or another relevant location 

How do I reference something created by generative AI?

Copilot and AI tools are not knowledge creation tools.

Content from generative AI is a nonrecoverable source as it can't be retrieved or linked.

To be able to retrieve AI generated text, so that the conversation is saved, is shareable, or otherwise retrievable, use

If generative AI tools are used to gather information for an assignment, it should be cited.

Rather than citing Generative AI as a source of information, you would, instead, be citing the use of a tool - Generative AI.



Standard format for citation

"Description of prompt or what was generated by the AI tool." Title of AI Tool, Company Making AI Tool, Date content was generated Date Month. Year, URL of the AI Tool.


"Describe the significance of nature in Robert Frost’s poetry" prompt. Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, Microsoft, 10 May. 2024,

"In 200 words, significance of nature in Robert Frost’s poetry" follow-up prompt to list sources. Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, Microsoft, 10 May. 2024,

Works Cited List Entries

For ease of use, this guide divides Works Cited list entries into different formats.
Select the format you require from the Works Cited List Entries menu or select from the links below: