# How to deal with datasheet requests

We have quite a lot questions that basically state

I need a datasheet for XYZ, but haven't been able to locate one.

I'm assuming the search for "datasheet for" is:question isn't quite an exhaustive list, as things that can be found with a few seconds of google probably were downvoted due to being underresearched, and then potentially deleted by the asker.

I wonder whether there's a guideline for how to deal with these

• They are asking for an external resource (which feels very similar to product questions)
• They don't contain a technical question (but a request, which is similar, but is it the same within this site's ideals?)
• The chances of someone going "oh yes, google won't find that, but here's the datasheet on my special server" is small
• Answers potentially outdate very quickly and can't be self-contained
• It's generally not in the SE spirit to replace search engines if they can be used for the same purpose as asking. Does this also apply when google fails to deliver?

Should such questions be closed? If yes, how?

• IMHO, there have been a few cases where the user needs a datasheet for a component and only searches verbatim for the markings on the package, where an experienced EE could more easily tell what is the date code, manufacturer logo and what might be the device name, along with the name of the package, gives the answer (datasheet searchable on google). It's closely related to identify this IC though. – winny Feb 2 at 14:09
• Is there a reason that this even needs to be posted on the meta? I thought closing of "I need a datasheet questions" was standard procedure. If someone is asking for a resource, the best place to do that is in the chat – Voltage Spike Feb 2 at 16:55
• @VoltageSpike Oh! If that's a universally followed rule, we should probably codify that somewhere! Especially considering > 1000 question asking for a datasheet. Also, which close reason? – Marcus Müller Feb 2 at 17:42
• If they are asking for only for a datasheet then it's a shopping question remember to be nice (SE's policy) and it might be a good idea to tell them they can check the chat but YMMV – Voltage Spike Feb 3 at 3:25
• Cool! I didn't know that it's considered a shopping question. – Marcus Müller Feb 3 at 8:29