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Comma Delimited: Here referred to as an output option for emailed or scheduled reports, administrators may choose to receive their reports in this format which will, where possible, be delivered within an EXCEL spreadsheet.

COUNTER: Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative designed to serve librarians, publishers and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics. Statistics run using this area of the EBSCOadmin Reporting & Statistics module comply with the current COUNTER 2 standards. For more information please go here:
http://www.projectcounter.org/about.html  

Custom Links: Custom Links technology provides direct links from EBSCOhost journal citations to a customer’s Web-based OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), ILL, Document Delivery Services, and search engines and content from other vendors.

D

Database: A grouping option for running certain reports. A Database is attached to a Profile through a subscription to a product. In this context the report would include all requested actions performed and statistics for Databases and group by them.

G

Group: An option for running certain reports, in this context “Group” is a sub-set of a site created by the site administrator. The report would be run and the statistics separated and tagged with the name of the various Groups set up within a given Site.

H

HTML Full Text Requests: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a format to display full text.

EBSCO tracks, by logging clicks on the HTML Full Text link from within a citation, when a user chooses to “view” the HTML full text article.

I

Image Video Requests: EBSCO logs the total number of times the Image Collection, or videos, where available, were requested.

Interface: EBSCO offers several interfaces as tools for users to see our content through. They include; EBSCOhost, EBSCO Text Only, Consumer Health Complete, Student Research Center, and many more. If your site uses more than one EBSCO interface it is possible to run reports which detail usage by each available interface.

IP: Internet Protocol is a unique identifier for a computer, device, or group of computers on a TCP/IP network. Users’ machines’ IP’s are tracked and logged by our system when users log onto EBSCO services. It is possible, as a result, to run reports which itemize “machine” interaction with EP using these identifiers.

J

Journal Alerts: Personalized users may elect to have EBSCO send them an email containing the TOC (Table of Contents) for their favorite titles when new issues are placed in a database their site subscribes to.

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Level: To ‘Group By’ a selected grouping option. There are three Level options available depending on the type of report selected.

  • Session Report: Site, User Group and Profile.
  • Database Report: Database, User Group and Profile.
  • Interface Report: Interface, Site and User Group.

N

Next Run: A column heading on the Edit /View Scheduled Reports screen, the label refers to the date appearing beneath it in this column which tells the administrator when the report is due to be run again and sent to them.

P

PDF Full Text Requests: PDF (Portable Document Format) is an electronic format to display a document. PDF’s are viewable with an Adobe Acrobat Reader.

EBSCO tracks, by logging clicks on the PDF Full Text link from within a citation, when a user chooses to “view” the PDF full text article.

Personalized Users: Users from authorized subscribing institutions, with EBSCO Personalization functionality available for their patrons, may click on “My EBSCOhost” (other EBSCO interfaces offer this functionality as well) to create their own personal account. Once the account is created logging into this feature allows searches, journal alerts, and result list items, all to be stored for later retrieval.

Profile: A grouping option for running certain reports. A “Profile” is a container for a User’s settings, including all Databases. In this context the report would include all requested actions performed and statistics for Site and Group Profiles, the report would tag and display grouped by Profiles.

R

Record Views: A Successful Request for a database record that has originated from a set of search results, from browsing the database, or from a click on another database record. (Only full database records may be counted, not Previews of Records).

Regular Searches: A user-driven intellectual query, typically equated to submitting the search form of the online service to the server.

Result Clicks: A click originating from a set of search results; i.e. the same as a Search Click (JICWEBS).

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Saved Searches: Personalized users may elect to “store” search queries in their personalized folders, these may be retrieved and run again, or automatically run with results delivered as specified by that user.

Searches-automated: A search from a discovery layer or similar technology where multiple databases are searched simultaneously with a single query from the user interface. The end user is not responsible for selecting which databases are being searched.

Searches-federated: A federated search program allows users to search multiple databases owned by the same or different vendors simultaneously with a single query from a single user interface. The end user is not responsible for selecting the database being searched.

Scope: A column heading on the Edit / View Scheduled Reports screen, the label refers to the parameters applied by the administrator for the scheduled reports whose information is displayed on this screen.

Searches: When an EBSCO user looks up data, this look-up is registered as a Search. The total number of Searches logged by our system can optionally be reported by EBSCOadmin and they can be broken down by Site, User Group or Profile.

Session: Session: A user Visit to an EBSCO interface (EBSCOhost, Consumer Health Complete, Student Research Center, etc.) Each unique Visit to these interfaces is counted as a Session. When a user visits one of these interfaces a Session ID is generated. This ID becomes active for 24 hours and multiple users may access the interface using this Session ID thus incrementing the Session count for this one SessionID.

Sessions by Hour: An accounting of Sessions by the time of day. As these counts are done here on our servers, the time used for logging is US Eastern Standard Time.

Site: A grouping option for running certain reports. The “Site” is equivalent to the Customer. In this context the report would include all requested actions performed and statistics on all databases and interfaces across the entire “Site” or Customer setup, including all Groups and Profiles therein.

SmartLinks: Links from EBSCOhost citations to matched full text articles in other EBSCOhost databases, or EBSCO-Online and CrossRef.

Source: In the Link Activities area the administrator may request reports detailing where users are coming from (Source) when they are taken to another resource by opting to click on a “link”.

T

Tab Delimited: Here referred to as an output option for emailed or scheduled reports, administrators may choose to receive their reports in this plain text format.

Target: This option in Link Activities creates a report, depending on the parameters chosen, that provides specific information about the resource which the link took the patron to. This may, in many instances, be the title of a journal or periodical where the patron landed after clicking on the link.

Target Type: Another report option in the Link Activities area this report documents the services the “link” has taken the patron to; EBSCOhost, EBSCO On Line, CrossRef, Doc Delivery, ILL, etc.

Total Full Text Request: The sum of all Full Text requests made while within an EBSCO interface.

Type: Also limited to the Link Activities area, a report run using this parameter would show the kind of Source where the link was accessed, article, journal, query, book, etc.

U

User Group: A grouping option for running certain reports. The “User Group” is a sub-set of a Site which contains any number of user Profiles. In this context the report would include all requested actions performed and statistics separated and tagged with the name of the various Groups set up within a given Site.

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