Introduction to reference requests
The topic of references requests has come up a few times already, for example in these questions:
The tag description for reference-request is fairly broad:
Questions seeking books, websites, articles, papers, research, or downloadable content on any topic about politics.
Yesterday, this book recommendation question was closed, reopened, then closed again. In the comment section, there was some discussion about whether such the question was off-topic because it's a book recommendation. Quoting two comments with the main opposing view points:
Welcome to Politics SE! This is a question and answer site, not a suggestion forum; book recommendations are explicitly off-topic here as they are only questions that can be answered by opinion and not hard fact. Please take the tour and visit the help center to learn more about how this site works and the kinds of questions that fit here. – Joe C
@JoeC - See, reference-request: Questions seeking books, websites, articles, papers, research, or downloadable content on any topic about politics. Feel free to retract your close vote. – Rick Smith
What should our policy be?
In this question, I'm hoping to establish some more ground rules regarding reference-request.
When are reference requests too broad?
For example, should asking for books covering a broader subject (e.g. 'foreign policy' or 'political theory') be allowed? On the other side of the scale, there are questions seeking a single reference, e.g. asking where to find the full-text version of a specific bill.
The ideal policy is probably somewhere in-between those two edge-cases so I'm wondering how the community views this matter.