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Welcome to the LibGuide on working with APIs! Please use the tabs on the left to navigate the guide's content.

What is an API?

An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of instructions and standards for accessing a software application. APIs often allow you bypass a graphical interface, such as you might find on a website, and receive pure data responses from a server. This makes them very useful for data gathering and analytics, and for programmatically interacting with web services.

Please click the link below for further explanation of what APIs are and what they can do.

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