Published March 12, 2018 | Version v1
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Where does Google find API documentation? (Appendix)

  • 1. University of Adelaide
  • 2. Delft University of Technology


The documentation of popular APIs is spread across many formats, from vendor-curated reference documentation to Stack Overflow threads. For developers, it is often not obvious from where a particular piece of information can be retrieved. To understand this documentation landscape, we systematically conducted Google searches for the elements of ten popular APIs.

The appendix contains a README file that explains its structure.

We encourage other researchers to use this data to study API documentation returned by Google searches.


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