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A.I. & ChatGPT

Things to Keep in Mind

What is ChatGPT Useful For?

What are the Strengths and Limitations of ChatGPT?


What it's good for: 

  • Brainstorming ideas
    • helps generate creative ideas and spark inspiration
  • Topic narrowing
    • refining research paper topics and suggesting keywords for searching in library databases
    • e.g. 
  • Explaining complex information
    • can simply and clarify complex concepts, making them easier to understand
  • Summarizing and outlining
    • condense lengthy content into concise summaries or outlines
  • Asking questions
    • ask numerous questions without hesitation, although it's crucial to fact-check the responses
  • Language translation
    • can provide basic language translations, although it may not be entirely fluent in all languages
  • Coding assistance
    • assist with writing or debugging code
  • Humor and improvisation
    • can engage in humorous or creative exchanges, which can be entertaining

What it's NOT good for:

  • Library research
    • not currently the best tool for library research
    • It is still advisable to use library search databases
  • Critical advice
    • avoid relying on ChatGPT for critical information that could have severe consequences if incorrect, such as health, financial, or legal advice. 
    • ChatGPT can sometimes generate confident-sounding responses that may not be accurate 


Remember that while ChatGPT is a powerful tool for various tasks, it should always be used as a complement to human expertise and critical thinking. Verify information, especially for important decisions or academic work, and be aware of its potential to generate incorrect information ("hallucinations"). 

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