Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the literature review process: Welcome

Application of AI tools such as ChatGPT to searching and all aspects of the literature review process

This guide shows you how you can use AI tools to help with aspects of the literature review process:

You will learn the terminology behind the technology, find advice about prompt engineering, the art of interacting with AI agents, and a list of the AI tools referenced in this guide.

We also highlight key ethical concerns about the use of AI tools when reviewing the literature (i.e. lawsuits for copyright infringement).

University guidance about using AI

AI tools analyze a large volume of articles, accurately extract and summarise information, provide different perspectives and integrate information from across different disciplines (Blanco-Gonzalez et al., 2023; Huang and Tan, 2023). These are among the potential benefits of using large language models in learning as the QAA identifies in its January 2023 briefing paper.

However, the QAA briefing paper recognizes that if you present the output of generative AI tools as your own work, there is a clear challenge to academic integrity.

The university recognizes that AI tools can be helpful in assisting learning.
You can use an AI tool in the preliminary stages of your assignment process, for instance to brainstorm, as well as planning/researching to identify relevant sources.

There is evidence that models such as ChatGPT are really useful in this respect and there is no need to cite the AI tool.

Most current assignment briefs will only permit very limited use of AI tools.