I've seen several questions on this site (and expect to see many more as time goes by) that would benefit greatly from objective data to go on. However, the majority of studies of child behavior, parenting strategies, educational topics, health topics, etc. are heavily paywalled -- to the point that raw, uninterpreted information is available only to a privileged few at universities and other research institutions. Even professionals must often rely on journal articles and summaries, which are subject to a great deal of interpretation.
I do not feel that we should settle for citing summaries of and articles about real research if we can help it -- it is impossible to evaluate the correctness of a conclusion without knowing not only the data upon which it was based, but the methodologies used to obtain that data.
What's a parent to do?