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What are some good (legal) resources for finding the text of books?

Sites which cover many books Project Gutenberg has tens of thousands of public domain texts. Project Gutenberg Australia and Project Gutenberg Canada sometimes have texts that their US cousin does ...
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If I remember reading a book but don't have it in front of me to quote from, is it worth writing an answer?

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 ...
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Please include precise citations in your posts

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 ...
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How much quoting is too much quoting?

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 ...
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How big a role should quotes play in answers?

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 ...
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How much quoting is too much quoting?

TL;DR: Prefer quotation to summarization, and prefer longer quotations to shorter, to avoid mispresenting your sources, and to make it easy for readers to evaluate your argument. Risks of ...
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Please include precise citations in your posts

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 ...
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