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Welcome to the chatGPT resource hub!

Do you find it challenging to keep up with the ever-evolving news about chatGPT and AI tools? Wondering how to leverage them responsibly in your courses? Check out the resources in this guide for up-to-date information, or schedule a meeting with a librarian for individual help.

Other AI tools

This guide focuses primarily on ChatGPT. However, check out the links below for more information on other generative AI tools.

Additional faculty resources

What is chatGPT?

ChatGPT is a generative artificial intelligence tool developed by OpenAI and trained on a large dataset of conversational data. It can generate human-like text in response to prompts, and can be used for a wide variety of tasks, including language translation, text summarization, brainstorming, and more.

GPT-4 is the most recently released version, with GPT-5 expected to be released in early 2024. Watch this video from OpenAI introducing the unique features of GPT-4, which is currently only available via the paid subscription ChatGPT Plus.

How does it work?

ChatGPT operates on a deep learning neural network--an algorithm modeled after the human brain and leveraging a massive dataset of human writing from 2021 and earlier. This dataset allows ChatGPT to learn patterns and relationships in the text data, and generate human-like responses by predicting what text should come next in any given sentence.


ChatGPT account levels

OpenAI offers both free and paid accounts. Free ChatGPT accounts allow you to access ChatGPT-3.5 as long as it's not a time of high demand (if too many users are attempting to access it at the same time, the server can't handle the number of requests).

ChatGPT Plus is available for $20/month and allows access to the tool even during peak usage times, as well as a slightly faster response time and priority access to new and advanced features (ChatGPT-4). However, even with chatGPT Plus, there is a limit on the number of messages you can send to the AI per hour. The general cap is 25 messages every three hours, although that restriction varies based on peak usage times. Some features exclusive to ChatGPT-4 include:

  • Able to process image prompts
  • Can engage in longer conversations
  • "More reliable and creative," according to OpenAI
  • Capable of passing the bar exam and scoring a 5 on several AP exams

There is currently no group or institutional account category for ChatGPT. Each account is designed to be used by a single user only. If you use ChatGPT in a class, it is recommended that you ask every student to create their own account rather than creating a class account.

How to create an account

1. Visit and click "sign up."

2. Register for a free account with an email address, or a Google or Microsoft account.

3. Set your password (it needs to be at least eight characters long).

4. Confirm your email address by clicking the link in the email OpenAI sends to you.

5. Input your first and last name and date of birth.

6. Confirm your phone number by entering a six-digit code OpenAI will text to you.

7. Accept terms and conditions.

8. Start writing!

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