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Sites which cover many books Project Gutenberg. An excellent resource containing thousands of texts in electronic versions with easily copy-pastable text. They also care about legality: Our ebooks may be freely used in the United States because most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. They may not be free ...


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As a guideline, or recommended "good practice," I am 100% behind this. I wouldn't want to see it be anything more forceful than that, since I'm not sure we can do this consistently or well. Lots of books don't have chapters. Or don't have numbered chapters, which would mean using full titles -- which can often be confusing, or distract from the question, ...


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It can be, yes. If you know a book well, then you should still be able to write a good answer even without remembering all the relevant quotes verbatim. That's called an expert answer - you're writing as a person with some level of expertise on the book in question, not just as someone who has an electronic copy with a search facility. Of course, that ...


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Once again, I think you're worrying far too much about a non-issue. "Quote only the relevant portion" is deliberately vague, because what's "relevant" is subjective by nature - trying to pin down an exact definition of "relevancy" for quotes here is a bad idea. We don't need a clearly formulated "rule" to follow on this; common sense should suffice. If you ...


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Private beta is the wild west. FGITW applies double at least. Having said that, low quality questions beget low quality answers. I'm picking this, because I'm half of the ~100% quote posters. That question shows no effort at all. Ridiculously enough we have already set the (imho terrible) precedent to embrace non-googlers. While that meta decision stands ...


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I absolutely agree that this is important. It's not, however, something we can force through policy. We need to cultivate a community culture of thorough citation, not try to define good or bad citation. The purpose of citation is so folks can go find it for themselves--to see context, to double-check accuracy, whatever reason they might have. Proper ...


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