Using Wikipedia to Your Advantage

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Matt

Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Matt

While Wikipedia is generally not a good source to cite by itself (since there is no single author that you can trace the content back to), it is very good at giving broad overviews of a topic. In this respect, you are more interested in the bibliography at the bottom of the Wikipedia page. These are the sources that the Wikipedia page has borrowed from.


  1. Go to the Wikipedia page related to your topic.
  2. Quickly scan it to find the sections that are particularly relevant to you.
  3. Find a source from the Wikipedia bibliography about your topic that you can see being useful to your assignment. An ideal article from the bibliography should have an identifiable author, a date of publication, and its own bibliography as well.
  4. Skim through the article and make sure that it is useful to you.
  5. Share-out: Post the URL of the article below and write 50-100 words about why you chose this article and why you think it will be useful for your paper.

9 thoughts on “Using Wikipedia to Your Advantage

  1. Chris Caracciolo

    This was a good article to read because it clearly explains what a Tesla Bladeless Turbine is and why it is different than a traditional bladed turbine. Although this paper claims that Tesla Turbines would not be able to compete with traditional turbines it shows where they could be useful. This includes using fluids that are more viscous, including humidified air that bladed turbines can’t run.

  2. Ben Weatherford

    Double clutch transmissions are a hybrid between manual and automatic transmissions. They allow a driver to almost instantly change gears with the pull of a small level on the back of the steering wheel. They minimize the loss of momentum cars experience when they are in between gears. This allows cars to accelerate faster and with less stresses on the drivetrain. Our faculty adviser wants us to develop a double clutch transmission for the 2016 formula car.

  3. Jonathan Holley

    This link provides a good explanation of exactly what ship drafting is and its purpose. It has clear cut examples of how ship manufacturing companies put the numbers on the bow of the ship so the draft can be easily read measured. It talks about how each part of the ship from the length, width, and weight all play a part in the draft of a ship and which waters it can or cannot travel. It explains the current methods of how ship drafts are measured today and provides pictures with detailed explanations. At the end of the article is a list of key terms used when talking about measuring the draft of a ship words that are not easily recognized by a person outside of the field. I believe this article will be very helpful to the topic, it is a credible military source and the information is pertinent to the topic at hand.

  4. Derek Wagner

    One of the shortcomings of last year’s SAE Formula 1 car, and all years prior, is the limitations of the current gearbox. The current gearbox is the standard transmission that is attached to the Suzuki GSXR 599 c.c. motorcycle engine. This transmission was not designed for a four wheeled car, and therefore the gearing ratios are too close compared to a normal vehicle. Our group faculty adviser mentioned that he would like our group to possible research the feasibility of using a duel-clutch transmission. A quick search on Wikipedia yielded this article: . This is an excerpt from the leading German automotive magazine Auto, Motor und Sport. The article gives a brief description of how a duel-clutch transmission operates, the history of the component, and the advantages of the duel-clutch over the older automatic and manual transmissions. The article easily illustrates the ambitiousness of the project, but also shows the inevitable necessity of this component to remain competitive in the SAE Formula 1 competition.

  5. Dara Emami

    I used Wikipedia to find information on transmissions. The references led me to the article in the link below. This article has a clear author, date published, and its own set of references. Also, at the bottom of the page it provides a citation of article. This article is very useful because it provides an in depth understanding of how a sequential transmission operates. This type of transmission is probably incorporated on the Formula car already since they are commonly found on race cars and motorcycles. I would suggest this article to my formula group because it provides useful information and explains it the inner workings of a sequential transmission well.

    Attachment:  L2L_1_27_2015.docx

  6. Anthony S.
    I think the following link found from Wikipedia will be useful because it begins talking about energy and power and where it comes from. It talks about all different sources that provide energy from natural sunlight, waterfalls and steam. It is also written by Nikola Tesla who developed the bladeless turbine. I think this article can also really help discuss how the bladeless turbine works and how the steam drives the turbine.

    Attachment:  Learn2Learn-1.docx

  7. Cameron

    A good video which shows the basic mechanics of the Tesla Turbine is provided in the link below. This video will provide excellent incite to our groups project which will help us get started. Although this link doesn’t have its own bibliography, it does have an identifiable author and date of publication. Furthermore, this link can be traced back further to this website:, which is much more legitimate.

  8. Tony Ho

    The link provided above has an abundant amount of information of Tesla turbine. There were also pictures depicting the turbine. It explains what each component is that makes up the Tesla turbine. This article gives our group an idea of what we need/ expect to have in producing a similar system. The link provided above is a patent, so the information is very in depth when explaining its function.

  9. Thomas Wheeless

    This link gives some background information on the “Robert Fulton’s Skyhook System” as well as some information on its operation and use. This skyhook system was created to accomplish a very similar mission to that which we hope to accomplish with the current project; to lift a payload safely from the ground and load it onto the aircraft. Using elements of this system we may be able to improve the current problem with the jerk force experienced when the payload is first captured.

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