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 Regular Searches Sessions Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
CQ Press CQ Researcher Online   N/A Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
Credo Credo Reference Searches Sessions Entries Viewed* Smae as Entries Viewed
Data-Axle Data-Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) Searches Logins Total Detail Records Viewed + Total Records Printed + Total Records Downloaded* Total Detail Records Viewed + Total Records Printed + Total Records Downloaded
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 LearningExpress Library and PrepSTEP N/A SessionsNew Tests Added + Tutorials Added + eBooks Added + ComputerCourses Added* Tests Added + Tutorials Added + eBooks Added + ComputerCourses Added
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 Ebooks Regular Searches N/A Total Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
Gale Gale Literature Resource Center Regular Searches N/A Total Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
InfoBase Ferguson's Career Guidance Center Regular Searches N/A Total Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
InfoBase Films on Demand Video Collection Regular Searches N/A Total Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
InfoBase Just for Kids Regular Searches N/A Total Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
Midwest Tape hoopla Audiobooks N/A N/A Audiobook Circulations* Audiobook Circulations
Midwest Tape hoopla Ebooks N/A N/A Ebook Circulations* Ebook Circulations
Morningstar All Titles N/A Logins Pageviews* Same as FT-Views
ProQuest Company ProQuest Central Databases  Regular Searches N/A Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
ProQuest Company(1) Agriculture and Environmental Science Collection Regular Searches N/A Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
ProQuest Company(2) Digital Sanborn Maps North Carolina N/A Sessions Pages Viewed* Pages Viewed
ProQuest Company(2) 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(2) eLibrary Regular Searches N/A Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
ProQuest Company(1) Entrepreneurship Database Regular Searches N/A Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
ProQuest Company(2) HeritageQuest Searches Sessions Citation Abstract* Any Full Text + Citation Abstract
ProQuest Company(2) Historic North Caorlina Digital Newspapers Regular Searches N/A N/A Result Clicks + Record Views*
ProQuest Company(2) SIRS Issues Researcher, SIRS Discoverer Regular Searches N/A Item Requests* Total Item Investigations
Transparent Language Transparent Language N/A Total Sessions Total Circulations* Total Circulations

(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.