Skip to Main Content

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): About AI


Welcome. This Research Guide serves to start the conversation on the many facets of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it is currently impacting the world of higher education, publishing, and communications.

What is AI?

What is AI-generated content?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) content generators use artificial intelligence to assemble content using natural human language processing. These services, like ChatGPT, utilize search engines and databases to generate a wide variety of written and/or symbolic documents, sometimes using real references and sometimes fabricating them. Other services, like DALL-E, produce multimedia content-like images.

Because many of these services are able to produce content in a robust and realistic manner, there has been increasing concern in the broader higher education community that AI content generation may be used by students to complete assignments, essays, or other activities in a manner that would lead to concerns regarding academic integrity and academic honesty. Understanding AI tools as well as their scope and application will facilitate engaging with these new technologies as informed scholars and educators.

This research guide includes Further Reading in:

  • Education, Academic Integrity, & AI
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, & AI
  • AI in Education and in the News

Check out the Try It area where you can explore some available AI tools.

Credit: Center for Integrated Professional Development, Illinois State University

Teaching Critical AI Literacy and Using AI for Learning by Anna Mills for SMCCCD Flex Day 1/11/24 (CC BY-NC 4.0)

genai smcccd slides

What Do We Tell Students aout ChatGPT? by Anna Mills with Elle Dimopoulos for ASCCC OERI (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Questions? Ask A Librarian


picture of ame

Ame Maloney x-7927

emailme appointment

Questions? Ask An Instructional Designer

Headshot of Bianca Rowden Quince

Bianca Rowden-Quince (650) 738-4296

email me

headshot instructional designer

Andrea Fuentes 650-738-7133




Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) by Ame Maloney for Skyline College Library is licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. With special thanks to the inspiration muses at TAMU (libguide format) & CIPD (pedagogical resource breadcrumbs).