JSTOR‚Äôs [Research Basics][] “contains 3 modules. Each module has 3 lessons. Lessons are made up of video lectures followed by practice activities. After completing all 3 lessons in a module, students may take a quiz, get feedback and a score, and earn a badge on completion of the module.”

If you’re student of mine, do it.

[Research Basics]: http://researchbasics.jstor.org

The Basics of APIs

Scott Weingart twitted a nice [introduction to using APIs][] by Owen Stephens. It helped me to understand quite a bit what it was Kyle Felker did when he set up some PHP scripts to download citation information from JSTOR. (Unfortunately, JSTOR has since shutdown the API and isn’t saying much about what the future holds for it.)

[introduction to using APIs]: http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2013/02/introduction-to-apis/

JSTOR’s Mechanics

Someone doing work on bioinformatics with a [Google Code project](http://code.google.com/p/iphylo/) has a nice collection of notes about the way JSTOR interacts with the DOI infrastructure:

> JSTOR uses a mixture of identifiers, namely stable URLs, SICIs, and DOIs.
>
> As far as I can establish, all JSTOR DOI’s start with the prefix 10.2307. CrossRef resolves a JSTOR DOI to a URL with a SICI. For example, this is what happens to the DOI `doi:10.2307/3760372`:

curl -I http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3760372
HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
Location: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0027-
5514%28199209%2F10%2984%3A5%3C615%3AAROC%28S%3E2.0.CO%3B2-O&origin=crossref
Content-Length: 312
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 10:43:56 GMT

> In the example above, the SICI is 0027-5514(199209/10)84:5<615:AROC(S>2.0.CO;2-O
>
> SICI’s have a rather baroque syntax. See the Wikipedia article for an introduction.
>
> On April 4, 2008 JSTOR released a new platform that uses stable URLs to identify articles (see note on Facebook). These URLs arhave the prefix `http://www.jstor.org/pss/`. The rest of the URL is the identifier part of the DOI. Hence, the article `doi:10.2307/3760372` has the stable URL `http://www.jstor.org/pss/3760372` (note the shared `3760372`).