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Generative AI and Chatbots

This guide offers advice on generative AI chatbots and tools and how to best use them to support your work.

Web searching with AI chatbots

Several popular, free chatbots include web search capabilities. These chatbots can “read” webpages and PDFs that are openly available on the web, and their chat responses are based on a mix of information extracted from these sources and knowledge from their LLM training data.

Generative AI responses in web search

Search engines have already been able to supply direct answers to factual questions using fact databases like Google Knowledge Graph. Google search also has opt-in features that will include generative AI summaries and responses in your web search results.

Other search engines include a Chat tab that allows you to quickly move your question over to a chatbot.