A reference request is a request to be provided with a source from documentation, official papers, and specs related to one or more specific algorithms or cryptographic procedures. Open ended literature recommendation requests are off topic! Also: Crypto.SE is not an optimal replacement for a search engine. The reference-request tag is not something that provides a base to replace research efforts.

A reference request is a request to be provided with a source from documentation, official papers, and specs related to one or more specific algorithms or cryptographic procedures, to provide a trusted base for what's being said or written.

Open ended literature recommendation are off topic! For details, see: Do we want “literature recommendations” and similar “list/subjective questions”?

For example:

  • "Where are NIST's key length recommendations for RSA defined" would be an on-topic reference request;
  • "What should I read to learn about X" would be off-topic.

Also note that Crypto.SE is not an optimal replacement for a search engine. A reference request is a request to be provided with a trusted base for what's being said or written in a question or answer. It is not something that provides a base to replace research efforts.

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