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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: AI, Friend or Foe?

Special Topic Library Guide: Introduction

Dangers of AI have been discussed in a few highlighted areas such as job losses due to automation, societal manipulation and disturbance by AI algorithms, etc... However, in the aspect of plagiarism, academic dishonesty, copyright, and intellectual property has not been discussed as a top concern. Due to development of ChatGPT and DALL-E 2, Truxal Library investigates these issues with its rich reference resources in order to support and help the AACC community.


To represent oneself as the author of some work that is in fact the work of someone else is to plagiarize. Plagiarism may include the “passing off” of the form of the work—for example, the exact words of a piece of writing—or the intellectual content, or both.

Pickering, J. W. (2008). Plagiarism. In V. N. Parrillo, Encyclopedia of social problems. Sage Publications. Credo Reference:

Academic Dishonesty:

Broadly stated, academic dishonesty involves the use by individuals in academia of unethical means such as fraud or plagiarism to achieve success in educational and job performance. Academic dishonesty by students, the primary focus of this entry, includes their copying or stealing examinations, cheating on examinations, plagiarizing reports and term papers, buying term papers, using a variety of strategies for crib notes, and, more recently, using cell phones or Internet connections in order to pass exams. Student infringement on copyright and intellectual property rights is especially prevalent when individuals plagiarize term papers.

Patten. (2009). Academic dishonesty. In C. J. Russo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of law and higher education. Sage Publications. Credo Reference:


Copyright is a legal protection of expressions that are fixed in tangible media. Copyright describes, for example, an author's right to reproduce a book manuscript, an artist's right to duplicate his painting, or a musician's right to perform an original score. Copyright is part of a family of legal interests loosely termed intellectual property, which also includes trademarks, patents, and trade secrets.

Peltz. (2009). Copyright. In C. H. Sterling, Encyclopedia of journalism. Sage Publications. Credo Reference:

Intellectual Property:

Intellectual property, as distinguished from real property, refers to products of the mind (or intellect); it concerns those rights or entitlements that attach to intangibles such as artistic expressions and technological inventions. Protection is afforded to intellectual property to encourage development of ideas, expressions, and processes for commercial gain.

Radin, T. J. (2018). Intellectual property. In R. W. Kolb (Ed.), The Sage encyclopedia of business ethics and society (2nd ed.). Sage Publications. Credo Reference:


OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company. Our mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. Further read…

ChatGPT: a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.

DALL-E2: an AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.

Microsoft Bing:

web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. The service has its origins in Microsoft's previous search engines: MSN SearchWindows Live Search and later Live Search. Bing provides a variety of search services, including web, video, image and map search products. It is developed using ASP.NET.

Bing chat: empowered by ChatGPT. A chat that people “ask real questions; get complete answers” like having a conversation partner with AI capability.

Another major concern using ChatGPT:

Possibly spreading misinformation


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