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Proposal to permit reference questions on SE

H:SE has an ongoing debate concerning whether requests for references are appropriate. Recently we've had some new opinions, which I find persuasive, and I'd like to offer a proposed change for ...
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Are requests for references appropriate on History Stack Exchange?(revisited)

Arguments to treat references in scope By declaring requests for references out of scope, we discourage some legitimate and - interesting history questions. History is unusual for H:SE; a large ...
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Should we authorize a select list of “Reference” questions

It seems that daily we receive several "Where can I find references on ABC?" questions. It seems that there is an unmet need amongst candidates for members of this community/stack for reading lists on ...
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Should “some” requests for resources be “on-topic”?

I know requests for resources are off topic, and I agree that "Can you do my homework" type questions should be. However, I am wondering if some requests should be allowed. I have a personal reason ...
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May I request canonical resources?

I'm no history buff; I have a general interest in history which extends about as far as regular, common-spoken, well-known facts (or potential myths, depending on one's sources). Now, however, my ...
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Is historicity/unbiasedness of history books on-topic on History.se? How about recommendations?

As the title says: can I ask about historicity / unbiasedness of a history book on-topic? Since I think this is also related How about book/source recommendations for knowing more about a certain ...
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What should be our policy on requests for sources or references?

Recently, there were several questions containing requests for sources or references, or what I consider "reading list" questions. Other sites routinely close such questions. We tend to allow them, ...
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Introducing The Reference Desk

In my humble opinion, a lot of new visitors come to this stack reasonably expecting help finding historical sources, and often get their fingers burned. For this reason I have set up a new chat room ...
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How should we format the community wiki answer to list-type questions?

Some of you may have noticed, but there's a tentative experiment going on in Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later, where we answer list type questions with community ...
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Allow reference requests? [duplicate]

Remind me again why we do not allow reference requests? While I can see this as being "not helpful" for a particular idiosyncratic problem, for a general problem ("Best books on the Seven Years War?") ...
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Alternative platform to ask history-related questions that are off-topic on history.se?

Okay, so our policy is that questions that are opinion based, asking for lists, asking for references, speculative, "what-do-you-think-of-x" etc. are off-topic on history.se. While I agree and ...
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Request for references when other sources have failed

This is an entirely personal problem, but am not convinced it is unique. I have been trying to find information on London's Foundling Hospital (Coram's Hospital) and can discover very little either ...