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Let us say that I want source of information that gives worked examples for a very specific topic (let us call it X). I have access to a (pretty good) library and have searched both this and the world wide web endlessly for some examples - to no avail. Clearly what I am after can not be found by a quick google search. Would it be appropriate to ask for such a resource on PSE or would it likely get closed of been off topic. (I suspect the latter hence why I am checking here first).

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    $\begingroup$ Have you looked up our specific-reference tag and related discussions here on Meta? $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Mar 18 '16 at 11:08
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    $\begingroup$ Ask in chat first. That's always a risk free option. It tends to be busiest in the afternoon/evenings (in GMT), presumably when we Europeans have finished work and the US is just getting going. $\endgroup$ – John Rennie Mar 18 '16 at 11:10
  • $\begingroup$ @tpg2114 I have looked at related discussions but I didn't know that tag existed, thanks for pointing it out. $\endgroup$ – Quantum spaghettification Mar 18 '16 at 11:15
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    $\begingroup$ There is also the tag resource-recommendations, which has very specific guidelines for its use. It sounds like your question is on-topic, but of course that depends on the details and you do need to read the guidelines. That link also explains the difference between the two tags. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Mar 18 '16 at 11:26
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    $\begingroup$ @tpg2114 This would almost certainly not be appropriate for specific-reference. (Though I can't complain about making more people aware of it.) $\endgroup$ – David Z Mar 18 '16 at 12:00
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidZ Really? A direct quote from the tag wiki: "This is also for requests for where to find a resource when it has been demonstrated that that PDF has been hard to find." Did I misunderstand the question or the tag wiki? $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Mar 18 '16 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ @tpg2114 That part comes from the excerpt, which is the non-authoritative summary. But anyway, yes, you did misunderstand - though I can see why, it's not very clearly explained. That sentence refers to questions where you have the exact bibliographical details of the reference (or at least, enough to uniquely identify it), but you just can't find the actual content of the paper. I'll edit to make that clearer. $\endgroup$ – David Z Mar 18 '16 at 13:16
  • $\begingroup$ (This is an example in action of that aspect of the tag, with the linked meta discussion providing more details.) $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Mar 18 '16 at 18:37

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