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Does SE.Skeptics specifically require “scientific” references?

I'm a new user on this site. I recently provided an answer and linked to several online articles. However, my answer was downvoted 2x because two people didn't like that I used a non "scientific ...
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Are encyclopedias a good source?

Are encyclopedias (e.g. the Encyclopedia Britannica, the World Book Encyclopedia) a good source? Why or why not? I have read this sentence from here: References should have credibility in the ...
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Which flag should I use for unreferenced answers?

If an answer has no references, should I use the "Very Low Quality" flag, or "in need of moderator attention" flag?
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Referencing large documents [duplicate]

Is it acceptable practice to cite a large document as a reference, without explaining which part of the document supports the claim being made or quoting the relevant section? For example, this ...
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Is this answer about illegal immigrants supported by its evidence?

I had an interesting discussion with the poster of a popular answer that has been in the Hot Network Questions for a couple of days. I think the discussion is important, so I'm copying it here to ...
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If a question is challenging high-school level facts, are references required to support them?

In the frequently referenced FAQ question, Must All Answers Be Referenced there is an exemption: There are some types of questions that we can safely answer without needing references, however, ...
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Under what circumstances does a references banner apply?

In the same question, this answer hasn't attracted a banner about references being needed, and yet this version of an answer received a banner about references. (This answer currently also has ...
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Are statements made in patents reliable?

Patent applications often include two sets of statements: Claims about the current situation. Claims about how the invention being patented can solve/improve that situation. (I am using the word "...
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Is Mythbusters “ancedotal evidence”?

After reading the question Is anecdotal evidence sufficient for answers? I realized that Mythbusters is basically just that - video-taped experiments meant to prove or disprove some hypothesis. It's ...
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How should we deal with broken links on posts?

When you create a hyperlink to an article, would you please include the title of the article in the hypertext? For example, consider the following answer, which doesn't include the titles of the ...
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Can the Cochrane reviews be regarded as a definitive source of information?

I was reading up on some of the chronic medicine that I take daily and according to the Cochrane review at least one of the medicines is not effective for what it is supposed to be treating. The other ...
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What to do when the OP misunderstands a claim?

We have this question, currently on hold, but more or less OK since the edit. Does the amount of land needed to get the USA to zero-carbon electricity correspond to a small area of Texas? The ...
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Have quality standards for answers been increasing over time?

Have the quality standards for answers been increasing over time? I'm not so much referring to the average quality of what gets posted as an answer (there's no stopping for new inexperienced novice ...
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Automatically tell new users to reference their answers

Being very active on skepitcs.se last week, I realized this site gets too many unreferenced answers, this will cause answers to get deleted or make the moderators comment on the answer and asking the ...
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Site-specific post notice types

I think it would be useful to have 2 (Skeptics-specific) post notice types: Theoretical Answer The central argument of this answer is theoretical in nature. We do not allow answers based ...
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“This post does not cite any references or sources” while it does?

My answer to question Do desktop computers catch fire (often)? has one reference: No very much, I agree (and I clearly state that other figures are assumptions). Is this an auto-generated flag with ...
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Should answers without links be automatically marked as unreferenced?

This is simply a proposal for discussion. The problem I'm trying to solve is the following. Many new users simply post without reading our site first and familiarizing with our rules. The consequence ...
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Should we insert “citation needed” notices in-line, as opposed to or in addition to referring to an entire post?

Wikipedia is famous for requiring references pretty much everywhere, not unlike Skeptics Stack Exchange. In particular, a poorly referenced Wikipedia article will soon be littered with small ...
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List of useful sources for Skeptics.SE

The goal of this post is to contain a long number of sources, sorted by topic, to help users find sources for their answers. It's Community Wiki so that everyone can edit add new sources.
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What if I don't have an online or easily accessible reference?

I have a question about something I'm skeptical about, and being a SE user, I naturally immediately checked the Help Center and FAQ. I found this FAQ post, and I'd like a bit of clarification for my ...
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Does the publisher of a book indicate much about reliability?

Are certain publishers of books more reliable than other publishers? For example, if a book is published by Routledge, like the first book cited in this answer, is that a useful indicator that the ...
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Where's the link error from?

I've noticed several times that someone will post a poorly researched answer, and someone will leave a comment that says: (e.g. here,here ,here, here, and here). Welcome to Skeptics Stack Exchange! ...
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Must every questioned 'notable claim' include a referenced citation with a quote?

FAQ: Welcome to New Users links to How should we enforce notability? in which the accepted answer includes the following: It is not required to have an explicit cite for a claim in questions, ...
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Must references be available online?

jwenting said: I've had more than a few answers deleted and downvoted for referencing printed books, complete with page numbers, ISBN (if available), etc. because "it's not online so we can't ...
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Should we routinely link to PubMed for biology questions?

Many discussions are instigated by peer-reviewed academic publications, which are subsequently covered by popular media (for example, here). In this situation, it seems obvious to me the question ...
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Is deletion the appropriate action for answers lacking references?

I answered a question yesterday and my answer was deleted. There was a comment left by the moderator about it lacking references. I understand the rules of Skeptics.SE and the need for references ...
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How should references be handled vs original research?

This is part of discussion brought up during 2013 election, and it have been a hot topic before. Rather than keeping discussion in comments of OddThinking's nomination I feel this is a better place ...
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How poorly supported do claims need to be?

Skeptics - Stack Exchange is for challenging unreferenced notable claims, pseudoscience and biased results. What about claims that are well referenced? For example, you can often find a lot of ...
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Are books not considered good references?

Referring to this answer, there is a 'not enough references' tag: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/8503/7871 The book Good Calories, Bad Calories has its own bibliography. A quick Google Scholar ...
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Should a claim of “consensus” require evidence?

We seem to throw around "consensus" more and more as time goes on with skeptics. However it also seems that a claim of "consensus" is the one claim that does not require a reference. Should a claim ...
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Is snopes a valid primary source?

Prompted by the difference between Skeptics and Snopes question. This question reminded me of our own Do you eat a certain number of spiders whilst you sleep?, where the accepted and heavily upvoted ...
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Are references enough?

There are many posts here in meta, and in the main site regarding the requirement to reference each substantial claim. Thus, answers without references, but with relevant details or analysis are ...
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How do we know that our references are reliable?

I fail to understand how other people know what sites are reliable or not and how much. Making a sort of example, let's think in percentages: how do I know if a site is 50% reliable and another one ...
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What constitutes reasonable evidence for questions with an impossible negation?

My question was inspired by this question here. Essentially for questions with an impossible negation it was advised that the best approach is to say we don't know or simply give a summary of current ...
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Unreferenced answers in comments

In my question about Asbestos in Chinese manufactured goods a user posted the following unreferenced claims in a comment: Not only is there not one "asbestos" but several (at least 4) different ...
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“citation needed” header

Should answers, which allegedly lack references be "decorated" with following header? This post does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this answer by adding citations to ...
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FAQ: Must all answers be referenced?

How strict should we be about references? When someone makes a claim, should we require them to support that claim with a source? If so, to what extent should we go? Must all claims be referenced or ...
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Discussion about requiring references for all claims

Our current policy on requiring references can be found at the following link: FAQ - Must all claims be referenced? This question contains the discussion that lead to the adoption of the current ...
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Are referenced answers truly correct?

Because this site asks questions that cover a wide variety of scientific backgrounds I would like to discuss our process of answering questions and how likely the information we are providing is wrong,...
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Why are we converting “uncited” posts to community wiki?

I see from this search: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/search?q=%2B"Please+help+improve+this+article"+is%3Aanswer We are apparently now adding faux wikipedia style editorial messages to answers ...
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Math does not need to be cited or sourced

In this answer: Is one in two hundred men a descendant of Genghis Khan? The OP is simply trying to establish a mathematical basis for the credibility of the assertion in the question -- a "back of ...
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Can biased studies be considered valid source?

There are some studies performed by political organizations or NGOs with sole role of validating their point of view or getting their hands on taxpayers' money. These studies are heavily biased and ...
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Prepared response to retort that web-pages referenced might be bogus

I have now seen several answer writers produce answers without references, get asked to provide references, only to retort that web-sites are unreliable, and anyone could throw one together to support ...
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Should claims made in comments be supported by a reference?

I've seen a wide range of claims made in comments, some reasonable enough, some outrageous. Should any claim made in a comment be supported by a reference? Examples: If heard the claim that girls ...
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How should questions with an impossible negation be handled?

Questions that can be verified yes or no (inclusive) make perfect Skeptics questions because an answer can definitively answered one way or the other. The evidence decides; the answer is accepted; ...
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How to flag answers with biased references?

Is there any way that answers that seem to have biased sources/references can be marked clearly. This answer to the question did-people-think-the-earth-was-flat, is highly upvoted but I found the ...
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Is logic enough?

Is offering a reference absolutely necessary, or is a logical answer enough?
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References for the better informed.

I am fortunate to know about a variety of things and, sometimes, know a little more about a few things that the internet doesn't always have accurate, up-to-date information on. For some of these ...