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Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT and Beyond: ChatGPT in Action / Prompts



  • P = Prompt it
  • R = Give it a role
  • E = Give it explicit instructions
  • P =  Give it clear parameters


  • Topic: role of community college libraries in promoting student success
  • Context: research paper
  • Requirement: five paragraphs
  • Language: academic
  • Tone: formal


     write a [writing results] on [topic] in the style of [ role (or particular author) ] for  [audience]

     write a short essay on ethical use of information in the style of a librarian for undergraduate college students

ANOTHER: From Dickie Bush @dickiebush on Twitter
rewrite as a specific author:                  Rewrite this sentence in the style of .... 
rewrite for a specific goal:                     Rewrite this paragraph to make it more persuasive
rewrite for a specific tone:                     Rewrite this sentence/paragraph to sound more lighthearted/serious
rewrite for a specific demographic:    Rewrite this sentence/paragraph to appeal to a younger audience/professional 
                                                                      audience/international audience 

Tones:  more serious; more lighthearted; more formal; more action-oriented, more optimistic, etc. 


Act as an AI Writing tutor
I want you to act as an AI writing tutor. I will provide you with a student who needs help improving their writing and your task is to use artificial intelligence tools, such as natural language processing, to give the student feedback on how they can improve their composition. You should also use your rhetorical knowledge and experience about effective writing techniques in order to suggest ways that the student can better express their thoughts and ideas in written form.   From


Rob Lennon.  Anatomy of a ChatGPT Mega-Prompt.  Simulate persona (Give ChatGPT a role);  task; steps to complete task; context/constraints; goal/ format output.   Another way to frame this:  Provide a role; action; context; steps; examples; format

Santiago AQ.  March 19, 2023.  Turn ChatGPT into the perfect flashcard creator. YouTube   [7:55 minutes]

Mushtaq Bilal, PhD  suggests incremental prompts: 1. Establish context    2. Explain the topic   3. Specify the task   4. Ask follow-up questions

ChatGPT suggested categories

I asked ChatGPT To recommend some categories for this library guide: Here's the prompt I used and ChatGPT's reply: 

I'm trying to categorize articles about AI for teachers and students.  I want to cover copyright, plagiarism, limitations of AI, ethical concerns, AI and teaching. Can you recommend some categories for the articles? Here are the titles of some of the articles I want to include: 

It has become possible to use cutting-edge AI language models to generate convincing high school and undergraduate essays. 

Here's why that matters. 

AI Homework

Plagiarizing Chat GPT - Is it illegal? 

GPTZero: Here’s another attempt to build a tool which will be able to identify works produced via ChatGPT

Can AI detectors save us from ChatGPT?  I tried 3 online tools to find out.

The copyright industry is about to discover that there are hundreds of thousands of songs generated by AI already available, already popular. 

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Internet ethics (Includes AI)

ChatGPT recommendations: 

  1. AI and Essay Generation

  2. Ethical Concerns of AI Language Models

  3. AI and Plagiarism Detection

  4. AI and Copyright

  5. AI and Teaching

  6. Limitations of AI Language Models

  7. AI generated content and its impact on copyright industry

  8. AI and Internet ethics

What do you think about the suggestions?  Would there be a better way to write the prompt for ChatGPT?