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What to do with information that doesn't fully answer a question, but may help?

It sometimes happens that I start researching a question and find some information or source that is potentially useful, but doesn't by itself resolve the question completely. If I don't have the ...
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What's a good way to determine if a journal is reputable?

I'm (probably pointlessly) trying to persuade an antivaxxer that vaccines do not cause autism. They pointed to this link that references "OVER 50 PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC Studies from the US National ...
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Musing on the importance of "credible" references

This isn't so much a question but commentary, and it struck me as relevant to this site. Feel free to delete it if it doesn't belong in the meta - Truthiness. I was goofing around and in my goofing ...
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The popular vote

If a site bases best answers on the number of votes those answers get then are they really the best, most accurate answers or just the answers people like the most? Historically, has the most progress ...
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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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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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Answering one's own question for reference purposes?

What's the community's take on asking a question in order to answer it so that it will serve as a future reference? This might be tied to the meta question, Should we expect original research to occur ...
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Documentaries regarding cults [closed]

Hello fellow skeptics! Please forgive me if this is not an appropriate question. Also feel free to close this question if it is. I love watching documentaries and have often found it difficult ...
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How can users who do not subscribe to scientific journals contribute?

In trying to answer several questions, I find that I am often stymied by the fact that most of the specific information on the subjects that I am researching are locked up behind an expensive paywall (...
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