Usage Reports Data Definitions

Most vendors provide usage data to NC LIVE on a monthly basis, but they are often in different formats and include different measures of usage. Further, the statistics provided by NC LIVE reflect only usage of NC LIVE resources, not additional databases your library may subscribe to for each vendor (e.g., we report only North American Women's Letters and Diaries data for Alexander Street Press--NC LIVE does not have access to, and does not report statistics for, other Alexander Street Press databases your library may have access to). NC LIVE standardizes vendor usage data by using four NC LIVE measures: Searches, Sessions, FT-Views and Abstracts. Each of these measures is defined below. Vendor-specific definitions are included in the table below.

Search:  Most often represents the number of times a user submitted search terms to a form; discovery tools, federated search tools, and bundled databases can distort a unique count.

  • Databases with federated search tools are handled differently to avoid overcounting of search totals.
    • ProQuest: Total searches only includes the source labelled "ProQuest unique searches" (which de-deplicates searches across ProQuest products) and a few additional separate databases that aren't part of the federated search. These sources are noted on usage reports and on the list below.
    • Bibliolabs: Home Grown search totals used as total for vendor.

Session:  An identifiable sequence of requests from a single IP address; time constraint varies by vendor.

  • If N/A is listed, then the vendor is COUNTER 4 compliant and session data is not reported.

FT-View:  The number of articles, e-books, audio/video/map/image, or other individual full-content elements examined, downloaded, or otherwise delivered to a user.

Abstract:  The number of abstracts or record summary pages examined, downloaded, or otherwise delivered to a user; distinct from receiving full text content.  This measure is combined with FT-Views and reported as AbsPlusViews.

Vendor Resource Searches Sessions FT-Views AbsPlusViews
ABC-CLIO ABC-CLIO E-book Collection Searches Run Sessions Run Successful Title Requests* Same as FT-Views
Alexander Street Press North American Women's Letters and Diaries Searches Sessions Pages* Same as FT-Views
BiblioLabs Biblio Core Collection Searches N/A Successful Title Requests + Sucessful Multimedia Full Content Requests* Record Views + Successful Title Requests + Sucessful Multimedia Full Content Requests
BiblioLabs Home Grown eBooks Collection Searches N/A Successful Title Requests* Record Views + Successful Title Requests
Chadwyck-Healey All Titles Searches Sessions Full Texts Accessed + Full Records Accessed* Same as FT-Views
CQ Press CQ Researcher Online Searches (JR4) N/A Number of Full Text Requests* Same as FT-Views
CQ Press CQ Weekly Searches (JR4) N/A Number of Full Text Requests* Same as FT-Views
Credo Credo Reference Searches Sessions Entries Viewed* Smae as Entries Viewed
EBSCOhost Auto Repair Sources N/A CountOfSessionID* N/A N/A
EBSCOhost Biography Reference Bank Total Searches Database Sessions Total Full Tex Requests* Abstracts  Requests+ Total Full Text Requests
EBSCOhost Biography Reference Center Total Searches Database Sessions Total Full Text Requests* Abstracts  Requests+ Total Full Text Requests
EBSCOhost CINAHL Plus with Full Text Total Searches Database Sessions Total Full Text Requests* Abstracts  Requests+ Total Full Text Requests
EBSCOhost eBooks on EBSCOhost Searches Sessions Total Full Text* Abstracts + Total Full Text
EBSCOhost MasterFile Premier Total Searches Database Sessions Total Full Text Requests* Abstracts  Requests+ Total Full Text Requests
EBSCOhost NoveList Plus Total Searches Database Sessions Total Full Text Requests Abstracts  Requests+ Total Full Text Requests* 
Gale Gale Virtual Reference Library Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
Gale Infotrac Newsstand Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
Gale Literature Resource Center Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
Gale Science in Context Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
Gale Testing & Education Reference Center N/A Session Count* Full Text Hits Same as Full Text Hits
Geographic Research SimplyAnalytics Variables Used + Locations Used Number of Sessions Maps Created + Reports Created* Same as FT-Views
HeritageQuest All Titles Searches Sessions Citation Abstract* Any Full Text + Citation Abstract
InfoBase Ferguson's Career Guidance Center Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
InfoBase Films on Demand Video Collection Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
Infogroup ReferenceUSA Searches Logins Total Detail Records Viewed + Total Records Printed + Total Records Downloaded* Total Detail Records Viewed + Total Records Printed + Total Records Downloaded
Ingram MyiLibrary N/A Session IDs (count of) Display Titles (count of)* Same as FT-Views
LearningExpress LearningExpress Library N/A SessionsNew TestsAdded + TutorialsAdded + eBooksAdded + ComputerCoursesAdded* Same as FT-Views
Mango Languages Mango Languages N/A N/A Course Uses Same as Course Uses
Morningstar All Titles N/A Logins Pageviews* Same as FT-Views
NC LIVE Collections NC LIVE Video Collection Searches Sessions Full Text Views* Same as FT-Views
OCLC ArticleFirst Searches* Sessions N/A Same as FT-Views
OCLC CAMIO N/A N/A Views Same as FT-Views
OCLC ClasePeriodica Searches* Sessions N/A Same as FT-Views
OCLC GPO Searches* Sessions  N/A  Same as FT-Views
OCLC OAIster Searches* Sessions N/A  Same as FT-Views
OCLC WorldCat Searches* Sessions N/A  Same as FT-Views
Oxford University Press Oxford Reference Online Premium N/A N/A Number of Successful Section Requests* Same as FT-Views
Pronunciator All Titles Registered Users Total Logins* Total Quizzes Taken Same as FT-Views
ProQuest Company ABI/INFORM Collection Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Canadian Newsstream Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Criminal Justice Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company(1) Ebook Central Academic and Public Library Complete N/A Number of rows per institution in the "Usage Report" spreadsheet Number of rows per institution in the "Usage Report" spreadsheet Same as FT-Views
ProQuest Company(1) ebrary Academic and Public Library Complete N/A UserSessions Downloads* Same as FT-Views
ProQuest Company Hoover's Company Profiles Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company OxResearch reports from Oxford Analytica Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Pharmaceutical News Index Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Asian Business and Reference Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Business Market Research Collection Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Biology Journals Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Career & Technical Education Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Computer Science Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Education Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company(1) Entrepreneurship Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company(1) Agriculture & Environmental Science Collection Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company ProQuest European Business Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Health & Medical Collection Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Healthcare Administration Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Military Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company US Newsstream Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Nursing & Allied Health Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Political Science Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Psychology Journals Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Religion Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company ProQuest Research Library Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Science Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Social Science Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Sociology Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company Telecommunications Database Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company(2) SIRS Issues Researcher, SIRS Discoverer Regular Searches N/A Result Clicks* Same as FT-Views
ProQuest Company Snapshots Series (market reports set) Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
ProQuest Company(2) Statistical Abstract of the United States Regular Searches N/A Record Views* Result Clicks + Record Views
RB Digital Audio N/A N/A Total Checkouts* Same as FT-Views
RB Digital Ebooks N/A N/A Total Checkouts* Same as FT-Views
Sanborn Maps North Carolina All Titles Searches Run Sessions* N/A Same as FT-Views
Therapeutic Research Natural Medicines N/A N/A Page Views* Same as FT-Views

(1) These ProQuest databases are not included in ProQuest Central searches by default, but all are searchable at search.proquest.com. Unique searches for all sources in this interface are included on usage reports as "ProQuest unique searches".

(2) These ProQuest databases are searched on entirely separate interfaces from other ProQuest products.

(*) Indicates the measure that NC LIVE uses to determine cost-per-use and other calculations.