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People always say to never trust Wikipedia or that Wikipedia is always a bad site to get information from, but in my opinion I think that Wikipedia is actually a good source to get your information off of. I have never seen any wrong information on Wikipedia. The only thing that you really need to do is to have a little bit of knowledge of that particular subject on which you are researching upon because you may need to double check Wikipedia in case it is wrong. There are many things that have impacted technology in one way or another. Hybrid technology is the one thing that still keeps this earth moving because it is actually better than buying regular vehicles and some of these hybrids do not even cost as much as you think it would cost. Wikipedia explains all of this information in the article in further detail. There is a lot of information that this article provides about hybrid cars and their advancement in technology these days. When you open up to the website page you will see in the introduction paragraph that they explain what a hybrid vehicle is and what the difference is from a regular vehicle. With the introduction they have a column where they tell you the different types of hybrid powers like coal, solar, wind, electricity, etc. This can help when you are trying to explore this subject and you don’t know a specific definition or you just simply don’t know what a hybrid vehicle is. They have pictures on the right-hand side of the article which will also help you identify the different hybrid vehicles we use in today’s society. I think all this information is very helpful because for users it is easier to navigate through the web page. It makes it really organized also, so for each web page it is the same concept. I think that this article on Wikipedia is organized very well to my expectations. The Wikipedia page has all of the pictures and graphs on the right hand side which makes it easier to spot rather than having them hidden in the text. They also have groups which are bolded and the subgroups are also bolded but in smaller font. So it is easier to tell where everything is. Also they have a content section which has hyperlinks for you to go to that particular section in that article, so suppose you wanted to look at trains you would go to the heavy vehicle hyperlink. I do certainly agree that having the article organized into specific categories does make it easier to find because every single Wikipedia webpage is the same exact pattern. Whenever you have organization it attracts more audience because it makes it easier for the viewer to find certain facts. They separate the article into group such as hybrid vehicle power train, two-wheeled vehicles, engine types, heavy vehicles, etc. They also make subgroup of those groups such as in engine types they have hybrid electric-petroleum vehicles, outboard recharged electric vehicles, hybrid fuel, petro-air hybrid, etc. I have always liked how they give their references afterwards so you can always double check to see if the article was correct or not. Just like their organization makes it easier for the viewer to read and follow along their front does the same thing.

In this article they simply just tell you straight forward, this is what this is and this is what this is. It is not in a fancy font that you can’t even read. It is in times new roman in my understanding. The only font difference is the bold and no bold and the size. The main topics are bolded, underlined, and is in a larger font. The subtopics are bolded with smaller font size than the main topics. Then the sub groups for the subtopics are bolded with smaller font than the subtopics. In the paragraphs, the writing is just in plain Times New Roman. The font makes it easier for the audience to identify what they are looking for because if they are looking for vans then it would be under cars. Also in their sentences they have footnotes which connect to the sources on the last page. There are many sources that are gathered to go into making an article. Most of the sources are on the bottom of the page. First they have the “see also” section which are other Wikipedia pages similar to the one shown. The second thing they have is references which are all the information that they used in the article. The third thing they have is the “external links” which is also for further information, but they have it categorized into “Automobile Manufacturers,” “Hybrid Airplanes,” and “Alternative fuel vehicles.” When I clicked on the links they were accurate, real and had the same information as the Wikipedia article; so I would say that the sources were reliable. I think that the sources are reliable because whenever you go onto the source they look legit, they do not look fake. I looked up some of the authors of the sources and I found out that some of these people like Justin Thomas (masters in automotive technology), James b. Hedrick (Masters in Biology, specializing in environmental studies), etc. are specializing in things concerning with hybrid technology. Most of their sources are current like 2005-2011 and one of these sources was from Louisville’s Car shows that they have every year. There were car sources also like Honda, Toyota and Tata Motors which is a car industry in Asia. I would have to infer that these sources are credible. But there is always the talk page which gives out information about that subject even though it is not always correct.

In the talk page they have a bunch of things going on because some of the things are being crossed out and some of these things do not even relate to this article in any fashion. This makes me understand more about the hybrid technology itself rather than the actual Wikipedia page. For the most part they talk about the differences between diesels and electric, they define the word hybrid a lot, they talk about the vehicle type, etc. All the talk page really does is give your more information that is not included in the Wikipedia page. It gives you extended research on your topic to be able to understand the article more in depth.

I think that this article was a really good article to comprehend (with the discussion) because it answers every single question that you have about hybrid technology. I really don’t have any questions about this article/subject. I mostly liked the pictures of the article to help me out to visualize the different types of vehicles that run on hybrid technology. If I had any further questions I think I would either go to Google or go to the references that are below the article to get more information that is detailed.

As you can see in this article there was no misleading information, that I could see, that made you believe otherwise. I truly think that Wikipedia is a good cite because there are people behind the website that tracks every single thing that has been edited. I have learnt a lot about Hybrid technology due to this website. I hope you feel the same way I feel about Wikipedia.

 

 

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