Scholarly APIs

A guide to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and the how to access APIs through UCLA Library.

What are APIs?

'API' stands for 'Application Programming Interface'. APIs are programming features for manipulating different aspects of the web browser and operating system a website site is running on, or manipulating data from other web sites or services. Many services provide APIs which allow users to access data and information more frequently or in higher volumes. Below are examples of APIs to which UCLA Library has access. Some are free and open access, while others may require registration and subscriptions.

This guide is an adaptation of Mozilla Web Docs and Scholarly API resources of MIT, UC San Diego, and UC Berkeley Libraries.

Navigating this guide:

To view an expanded version of the table below, click on the lower right-hand corner of the 'APIs' box and select the button "View larger version". To view longer descriptions, select a cell and click its expansion button on the right-hand side.