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Analyzing a LibGuides 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 you want to analyze.
    1. The dataset description contains the date of the earliest record.
  2. Select the system you want to analyze.
  3. Click the Go button.

Generating a LibGuides analysis 


Public page hits vs. user sessions

Most of the analysis reports will display your public page hits and, if you have LibGuides CMS, user sessions.

  • Public page hits: these are the total number of page views of your guides and LibGuides homepage.
  • User sessions: these are the the total number of unique browsing sessions. A session is defined as a unique browser who has visited a page (or pages) on your site, where the time between visits to subsequent pages does not exceed 30 minutes. (Available for LibGuides CMS systems only.)

Overview report

The Overview report provides you with a monthly or yearly breakdown of your public page hits and (if you have CMS) user sessions. 


Distribution report

The Distribution report provides a breakdown of your public page hits and user sessions by day of the week, weekday vs. weekend, and month.

  1. Select the variable you want to analyze (Public Page Hits or User Sessions).
  2. Click the Show Distribution button to update the report.

Trends report

The Trends report allows to see how your public page hits and user sessions 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 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.
  2. Click the Show Trends button to generate the report.
  3. Click Toggle Trend Details to display the year-over-year stats in the report's data table.

Guide Count report

The Guide Count report gives you a historical look at the number of published guides vs. the total number of guides in your system. This can give you a look at the ratio of published to unpublished/private guides over time, allowing you to get a sense of your overall publishing activity.

This report displays data by day, so you may want to consider using a smaller date range for this report.