I was about to post a question about whether links to standard references could be included in the tag wikis, but I discovered that such references are available via the "tag info" link (at the bottom in an "External links" section--though the story-identification tag wiki does not have any such links). This seems like a potentially very useful feature, but I suspect a significant number of users are not aware of this feature.
Is there some way that the availability of this research aid could be made more obvious? (I do not recall it being mentioned in the FAQ, e.g.)
Note: my main concern is to facilitate answering questions. Reading some of the answers here has exposed me to web resources that I had not idea existed (and I suspect I am not entirely alone in my ignorance). Before "researching" in preparation to ask this question, I thought the tag wiki summary was the totality of the tag wiki content. I may be odd in lack of exploration of the site (especially for SFF fans), but the little "info" link (it is kind of like an about link--other than obsessive-compulsives and those with more-than-cat-level curiosity who follows such links? :-) did not seem to even hint at the potential information available. (Perhaps using "details" might be more enticing?) I think it would be useful to somehow make prospective posters of answers and questions more aware of how information can be discovered.
Or would it be appropriate to have a header link (like "faq") linking to a research aid wiki? (That seems like a questionable feature request, but some research aids are more generic [Don't Repeat Yourself] and might better fit a "research" wiki.)
With respect to a research wiki (and note that I am not certain that such would be even a decent idea), I suppose the main page could give general research tips that tend to apply to most questions as well as information on how to use the tag wikis. Perhaps the bottom of the main page could be similar to the Tags page (e.g., defaulting to showing the most popular subjects and providing a search box). (Again, I think ideally the content itself would not be duplicated but somehow transcluded.)
While many people are aware of wikipedia and search engines (though experienced researchers here might be able to give guidelines on query optimization), some might be less aware of wikia.com sites covering specific programs, movies, et al. much less some of the other resources. (Perhaps I am just speaking of my own ignorance and everyone else already has more than a quarter of a clue.)
While making such research aids (which to some extent already exist) more available/visible might not reduce the number of "no research effort" questions, it might help less experienced scifi.se participants feel (and be) more able to answer some questions.
Again, perhaps I am odd in my (slowly diminishing but growingly apparent) ignorance of both web resources and Stack Exchange features, but I thought this would be a good question for Meta.