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EBSCOadmin - Session By Hour Report

The Session by Hour Usage Report reflects the number of unique visits to EBSCO interfaces per hour for a selected time period or a single day.

To run a session by hour usage report:

  1. Log in to EBSCOadmin at

  2. Click Reports & Statistics in the tool bar at the top of the screen.

  3. Click Standard Reports under EBSCOhost/EDS.

  4. Click the Usage Reports sub-tab.

  5. Select Option – Select Session By Hour.

    Session By Hour Report
  6. Period to Show – In the Date Range "from" and "through" drop-down lists, select a time period for the report. Or select a specific date from the Day field. (Note: Hourly statistics are based on US Eastern Standard Time.)

  7. Count to Show – The Count to Show report options in Session by Hour reports allow you to display the average, maximum, or minimum times an EBSCOhost product is accessed and searched, as well as the amount of time spent based on the time period chosen.

    • Average: Displays the average time, sessions, and searches logged during the time period chosen.

    • Maximum: Displays the most sessions started, searches run, and time spent in the products during that timeframe.

    • Minimum: Displays the least amount of sessions started, searches run and time spent in the products during the timeframe.

  8. Fields to Show:

    • Sessions – The number of times an EBSCOhost product is accessed. If a user has an active session in the EBSCOhost interface, then clicks the Select Service Tab and chooses another interface, a new session transaction will be logged.

    • Average Length of Session – Duration of the session represented in minutes.

    • Searches – The total number of searches logged. When an EBSCO user looks up data, this look-up is registered as a search. Searches can be broken down by Site, User Group or Profile.

    • Total Full Text Requests – The sum of all Full Text requests made while within an EBSCO interface.

    • PDF Full Text Requests – The total number of PDF requests logged.

    • HTML Full Text Requests – The total number of HTML Full Text requests logged. 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.

    • Image/Video Requests – The total number of times that images (or videos, when available) were accessed from the Image/Video Collections.

    • SmartLink Requests – Links from EBSCOhost citations in non-full text databases to matched full text articles in other EBSCOhost databases; or linked full text requests to EJS (Electronic Journal Service) and CrossRef.

    • CustomLink Requests – The total number of times users clicked on CustomLinks. 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 from other vendors.

    • Abstract Requests – The total number of times requests for abstracts were logged.

  9. Format – Select an output format for the report: HTML, comma delimited, or tab delimited. Comma delimited files output in Microsoft Excel .csv format, and can be read by many spreadsheet programs.

  10. Lines Per Page – Enter the number of lines per each page of the report. Defaults to 25 lines per page.

  11. Click Show Report, Email Report, Schedule Report, or Save Report.

Sample Session By Hour Report (in HTML output format)

Sample Session By Hour Report