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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Introduction to Generative AI

This library guide is a UIUC campus resource to read and reference for instructional, professional, and personal learning. Updates will occur on a semester basis. Last Updated: March 2024

General Principles

A person reading a document with a magnifying glass.If you tend to post your work online, we recommend taking the following steps: 

  • Read the website’s terms of service to see if the site permits data mining
  • Avoid putting your work into a generative AI tool with unclear or lax data privacy policies
  • Consider adding a robot.txt file to limit web crawlers from accessing your site
    Note: This may also affect the way that your website appears in search results

Text Protection

  • Cyrillic alphabet in white chalk on blackboardWriter, programmer, and tech consultant Alex Reisner developed a searchable database of books included in Books3, which is at the heart of the Authors Guild v. OpenAI court case
  • Changing characters in works, like replacing the letter “a” with an “а” from the Cyrillic alphabet will make it more difficult for language models to be trained on your work, but it will also render the text unreadable for anyone using a screen reader. 

Image Protection

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Audio Protection