ChatGPT is often thought of as a tool that will replace human labor in tasks such as writing papers for students or professionals. But ChatGPT can also be used to support human work, and research is an excellent 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 help by reducing the time spent searching for sources, allowing you to jump faster into the actual reading and research part of your work.
Choose the right chatbot
Before we begin, it is important to understand the limitations of using ChatGPT. Because ChatGPT is not connected to the internet, it cannot give you access to information or resources after 2021, nor can it give you a direct link to the source of the information.
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Being able to ask a chatbot to give you links for the topic you want is invaluable. If you want to do that, I recommend using an internet-connected chatbot, such as Bing Chat, Claude, ChatGPT Plus, or Perplexity.
This guide on how to use ChatGPT is an example of how prompts can be used, but the principles are the same for any chatbot you choose.
Nice, here’s the MLA citation for the web link “How to Use ChatGPT to Write an Essay” from 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 Sept. 2023.
If you use something other than a 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.