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Analyzing an eBooks (COUNTER r4) dataset

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Getting there

Via the command bar

To analyze a dataset, click on  Analyze in the command bar. This will take you to the default dataset selected in your account's settings. If you are currently viewing the Record Data page for a dataset, however, it will take you to that same dataset's Analyze page instead.

Navigating to the Analyze Data page via the command bar


Via the homepage

In the Shortcuts box, select a dataset from the  Analyze Data In dropdown.

Navigating to the Analyze Data page via the homepage shortcuts


Via the Datasets page

Click on a dataset's Analyze Data () button in the Actions column.

Navigating to the Analyze Data page via the Datasets page


Generating reports

  1. Select the Date Range for your report, using the Start Date and End Date fields.
    1. The description above the Date Range will indicate the date of the dataset's earliest record.
  2. Click the Go button.

Example of generating an ebooks analysis 


Platforms report

The Platforms report provides an overview of each platform's usage, including section requests, title requests, and searches. In addition, you can also view cost-per-use statistics, as well as the total number of titles and cost -- all in one place!

  1. You can choose to limit the report to one or more specific platforms.
  2. Each report can display any of the following three variables at once: section requests, title requests, and searches.
  3. You can choose which calendar year's costs to apply to your cost-per-use calculations.
  4. Customizable pie charts allow you to make visual comparisons between each platform on key metrics.
  5. The Monthly and Yearly Usage Chart allows you to see the total usage across your selected platforms over time.

Statistics sources

  • # of Books: count of all titles uploaded via BR2 (r4) reports.
  • Annual cost: total of the cost data added to this platform, including invoices, for the selected year. This is used in cost-per-use calculations.
  • Section Requests: total successful section requests (eBook section full-text downloads), uploaded via BR2 (r4) reports or entered manually.
  • Title Requests: total successful title requests (eBook title full-text downloads), uploaded via BR1 (r4) reports or entered manually.
  • Searches: sum of Regular Searches and Searches-Federated and Automated, uploaded via BR5 (r4) reports or entered manually.

The Trends report allows to see how the annual cost and usage of your platforms have changed over time. You can create charts to visualize trends in your data for the past 2 years, 3 years, 5  years, or even 10 years (if you have that much data!). In addition, you'll get a data table with each year's totals, with the ability to see year-over-year changes and the percentage change against the first year of the report.

Before running your report, make sure that you've selected a date range of one year or less. You can even use partial years, which can allow you to compare the same date range over the past several years. This can be useful, for example, if you want to compare just Fall Semester data over the past 5 years.

  1. Select one or all platforms to analyze.
  2. Select the time period you want to compare against. This will be determined based upon the dates selected in your report. For example, if you generated a report from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, and choose the last 2 years, then the Trends report will give you a comparison of January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015, and your 2016 data.
  3. Click the Show Trends button to generate the report.
  4. Use the Select Activities dropdown to switch between downloads, searches, sessions, views, and clicks.
  5. Click on the Toggle Trend Details option above the table to view year-over-year comparisons.

Ranking report

The Ranking report allows you to rank each platform based upon usage and cost over specific periods. For example, you could compare each platform based upon the difference in cost and section requests vs. one year ago. That would allow you to rank them by the difference in cost, section requests, or cost per section request. You can also rank platforms based upon title requests and searches, as well.

  1. Select the Comparison date range (between 1 and 10 years ago).
  2. Click the Show Rankings button.
  3. Use the Select Activities dropdown to switch between section requests, title requests, and searches.
  4. Click on the individual column headings to change the ranking order.

Books report

The Books report provides you with a summary of:

  • The total number of books in each platform
  • The total number of unique books in each platform
  • The total number of duplicate books in each platform (e.g. books that appear in the other platforms)

In addition, you can also view a title list of duplicate books, as well as an overall list of books for each platform.

  1. From the Book Lists dropdown, choose the list you want to see:
    • Duplicate Books: this will display each title that appears in multiple platforms, and which platforms it appears in. Items must match by title, ISBN, and publisher to be considered duplicates.
    • The remaining options will allow you to see the complete list of journals for each individual platform.
  2. Click the Show Books button.
  3. You can search the list by book title or ISBN.

Top/Zero Use report

The Top/Zero Use report allows you to:

  • See a list of the top 100 books by section requests, title requests, or search requests
  • See a list of books with zero usage
  • See a list of books with a usage threshold that you define (e.g. books with 100 or more section requests)
  • See the total usage an individual book

Generating reports

  1. Select the report type you want to view:
    • If you select Top 100 by Section Requests, Top 100 by Title Requests, or Top 100 by Searches, you can include all platforms or limit to one platform.
    • If you select Zero Use Books, you can include all platforms or limit to one platform.
    • If you select Custom Threshold, enter the logic you want to apply (e.g. where # of section requests >= 100 would retrieve all databases with 100 or more section requests). You can include all platforms or limit to one platform.
    • If you select Individual Book, enter all or part of the book's title, or its ISBN.
  2. Click the Go button.